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PG&E confirms that one of its gas lines ruptured in area of massive San Bruno fire

September 9, 2010 | 10:37 pm

The utility company that serves San Bruno confirmed Thursday night that one its gas line ruptured in the neighborhood where a roaring fire left at least one person dead, destroyed a number homes and injured a couple of dozen victims.

Pacific Gas & Electric said that the broken line one was one theirs but added that the cause of the blast had not been determined.

"If it is ultimately determined that we were responsible for the cause of the accident, we will take accountability," the utility said in a statement.

The explosion tore a huge crater in the neighborhood and quickly disintegrated a couple of homes as flames, whipped by powerful winds, raced down streets and sent many residents fleeing on foot and in their vehicles, according to witnesses.

Click on the following link for a Times photo gallery of the San Bruno blaze.

-- Robert J. Lopez