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Strong winds fanning huge San Bruno fire

September 9, 2010 |  7:38 pm

Strong winds were stoking a powerful fire that had leveled a number of homes in a hillside San Bruno neighborhood as fire crews struggled to contain the conflagration, according to a witness near the scene.

"The flames are getting bigger and bigger," said Xabier Berrueta, who was watching the devastation from several blocks away. "Its just a huge fire."

Initial news reports from the area were saying the blaze may have been sparked by a large gas line rupture. There were also reports of people who were badly burned and others who were hurled through the air by a powerful explosion that preceded the blaze.

A spokesman for Pacific Gas and Electric had yet to return calls for  comment.

-- Robert J. Lopez