San Bruno fire half contained, missing person search to begin shortly
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San Bruno officials just wrapped up a press conference where they announced that the fire is 50 percent contained but work is still far from done.

"This is a terrible tradegy," said San Bruno Mayor Jim Ruane. "This is going to be a long haul for the city."

San Bruno and Millbrae Fire Chief Dennis Haag said his crews are still struggling with the fire along the western flank and hope to begin searching for missing people within the next few hours.

Haag could only confirm one death at the moment, despite other reports claiming that three people have died.

The Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in San Francisco has admitted 15 people since the fire started, said Karl Sonkin, spokesman for Kaiser Permanente Regional Media Relations.

Four of the people were transferred to the Bothin Burn Center at Saint Francis Medical Center; one person was sent to Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in San Francisco; eight were treated and released; and two remain in the South San Francisco emergency room.

City Manager Connie Jackson announced that the state has declared this a local disaster and that other emergency agencies from San Mateo County have been called in to help.

"Our primary concern is identifying and locating all the residents of the affected area," said Jackson.

Officials confirmed that over 100 homes have been evacuated, 53 have been destroyed and 120 have sustained damage.

Officials also announced that the main shelter is currently the San Bruno Veterans Memorial Rec Center, located at 251 City Park Way.

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Danielle Mitchell | staff photographer
San Bruno and Millbrae Fire Chief Dennis Haag briefed media personnel during an impromptu press conference at the Bayhill Shopping Center in San Bruno. Thursday Sept. 9, 2010.

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