This video from the USA says about itself:
Footage of San Bruno, California fire from the Channel 7 helicopter.
From Al Jazeera:
Gas blaze kills one in California
More than 100 homes damaged after a “gas transmission line” ruptures in a southern suburb of San Francisco.
Last Modified: 10 Sep 2010 08:05 GMT
An evening gas-line explosion in a neighbourhood south of San Francisco has set fire to hundreds of homes, leaving one person dead and at least 25 injured.
Firefighters battled the wind-fed flames on Thursday night as they spread across a swath of San Bruno, a suburb just south of San Francisco and west of the busy San Francisco International Airport.
The fire began when a “gas transmission line” running underneath the neighbourhood ruptured at around 6pm, according to a statement released by the Pacific Gas & Electric company (PG&E), which provides power to the majority of California residents and owns the line.
The main fire, fed by the gas line, raged into the night before fading. Authorities cut power to the neighbourhood as emergency crews worked to extinguish the secondary fires.
PG&E said it would “take accountability” if it is determined that the company is responsible for the ruptured line.
The company earned total revenues of around $14.6 billion in 2008 and has been involved in numerous environmental and safety controversies in California, most notably the case of groundwater contamination near the town of Hinkley, which led to a legal case dramatised in the film “Erin Brockovich“.
Four people were killed, 52 injured, and dozens of homes were destroyed when a gas line exploded in the San Francisco suburb of San Bruno Thursday evening: here.
As the death toll mounts from Thursday’s gas explosion in San Bruno, California, evidence is beginning to emerge pointing to infrastructure decay and neglect: here.
San Bruno blast sheds light on utility companies’ lax self-monitoring of vital gas lines: here.