Police: 5 people missing from gas pipeline blast

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Associated Press

Posted on September 12, 2010 at 8:02 AM

Updated Sunday, Sep 12 at 8:02 AM

SAN BRUNO, Calif. (AP) — The police chief in the San Francisco suburb where a gas pipeline ruptured and exploded, wiping out homes and killing four people, says 5 people are still missing.

San Bruno police chief Neil Telford made the comment Saturday at a public meeting.

A group of local, state and federal officials toured the damaged area Saturday and described a ghost-town full of remnants of cars melted in driveways and pieces of houses, some left with just the chimney standing.

Besides the 40 homes leveled by the Thursday evening blast, seven were severely damaged, while dozens of other houses suffered less severe damage in the fire that sped across 15 acres.

State and federal authorities say the section of the pipeline had been ranked as high risk because it ran through a highly populated area.

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Contributing to this report were video journalist Haven Daley in San Bruno and John S. Marshall and Sudhin Thanawala in San Francisco. Burke reported from Fresno, Calif.

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