The latest fire disaster is a conflagration in California.
Around 8:15 p.m. Kansas City time Thursday evening- a possibly 24-inch underground natural gas pipeline in a suburban-type neighborhood ruptured in San Bruno California.
The violent explosion that reportedly left a crater 15 feet deep and 25 feet wide- broke a water main as it shot pavement-debris and natural gas under high pressure upward and outward- with the gas catching fire almost immediately.
A fireball shot as high as 100 feet- and the flames were maintained by the high-pressure gas roaring from the broken line for the next 3 hours until the pipeline is purged of it's supply.
Homes within 100 feet of the flaming crater caught fire immediately- the increasing flames and radiated heat- fanned of winds around 20 m.p.h. and gusting- spread quickly to other structures downwind.
People- entire families literally ran for their lives- some escaped via their backyards.
With a crucial water main broken by the pipeline rupture- it wasn't until 30 minutes after the explosion when the first water hit flames- by then fire was roaring over and into buildings for a 3-block spread.
As of this report early Friday morning- there is 1 confirmed dead- and around 2 dozen injured- several of those critically.
The explosion's crater reportedly is at or near a location where there was some sort of playground- and there's no way of knowing in the chaos right now if there was anyone there when the pipeline blew- or on the street or in the nearby houses that were incinerated almost instantly.