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Officials will host a news conference in San Bruno this morning to warn residents about possible scams that could target victims of last week’s natural gas line explosion and fire.

Representatives of the San Mateo County District Attorney’s Office, Contractors State License Board, San Bruno Police Department, and California Department of Insurance will also describe what their agencies are doing to protect homeowners from becoming victims a second time as they repair and rebuild their homes.

Thirty-seven homes were destroyed and eight damaged in the Sept. 9 fire, which was ignited when a 30-inch gas line ruptured. Four people were killed and more than 50 injured in the incident.

Today’s news conference will begin at 10 a.m. at San Bruno City Hall, located at 567 El Camino Real, in Conference Room 115.

San Mateo County Chief Deputy District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe and San Bruno police Chief Neil Telford are scheduled to be among the speakers, who will discuss post-disaster scams, the importance of hiring licensed contractors and tips for getting through the rebuilding process.

Janna Brancolini, Bay City News

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