San Bruno evacuees to be transported to nearby shelter
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As a fire continues to sweep through San Bruno this evening, more than 50 people have managed to evacuate their homes and make it to a designated Red Cross shelter in the parking lot of the Bayhill Shopping Center.

There is no structure in place to house the evacuees through the night, so SamTrams buses have been called in to transport people to the San Bruno Veterans Memorial Rec Center, which is also a designated shelter and located a short distance from the Bayhill Shopping Center.

As of an hour ago, the Rec Center only had a dozen or so evacuees but over 50 volunteers who came to offer assistance.

At that time, volunteers were told by Red Cross officials that they were not needed at the moment but may be needed in the near future.

SF State student Nathan Tisani witnessed the fire from home, which is about a mile and a half away from the explosion. His home is unharmed but he came to the shelter to offer assitance.

"It's kind of surreal, I never expected to have this happen so close to home," said Tisani, a 22-year-old business managment major. "I am a little scared, it still doesn't feel real."

San Bruno Veterans Memorial Rec Center is located at 251 City Park Way. Bayhill Shopping Center is located at San Bruno and Cherry Avenues.

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PHOTO
Brittney Barsotti | special to [X]press
About an hour after a high pressure gas line exploded near Glenview Park, a fire continues to sweep through San Bruno. Thursday Sep. 9, 2010.

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