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Deadly California Neighborhood Fire; Death Toll Expected To Rise

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SAN BRUNO, Calif. (AP) - Authorities in California say at least four people are dead and 52 injured after last night's massive explosion and fire in San Bruno. But they say emergency workers still haven't been able to get into all the homes, and the number of deaths is likely to rise.

A state senator, Leland Yee, told The Associated Press after he was briefed this morning by the California Emergency Management Agency that at least six people had died. But fire officials say
the official count is four dead.

Officials say three of the injured suffered critical burns. After walking through the neighborhood this morning, fire officials also revised the number of structures destroyed to 38, down from an earlier figure of 53. They say seven were significantly damaged and dozens of other homes suffered less severe damage.

The explosion that rocked the hillside neighborhood overlooking San Francisco is blamed on a ruptured natural gas line.

Pacific Gas and Electric Co. says it has isolated a damaged section of a 30-inch steel pipeline and stopped the flow of gas.

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