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Massive fire blazing in San Bruno

September 9, 2010 |  7:06 pm

Fire crews were battling a large fire Thursday evening that was blazing in the hills of San Bruno, south of San Francisco.

It was unclear what sparked the large fire, which was preceded by a large explosion. Firefighters were pouring massive streams of water on homes that were fully engulfed in flames.

A spokeswoman for the San Bruno Police Department said authorities were trying to determine what caused the fire, a few miles northwest of San Francisco International Airport.

Video footage from the scene showed thick clouds of dark smoke billowing across the hills and orange balls of flame.

-- Robert J. Lopez