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Survivors Of San Diego Fires Tell Counterparts in San Bruno To Hang Tough

— People in the Bay Area community of San Bruno are trying to pick up the pieces after last night's gas line explosion and fire roared through the community. Four people were killed and 38 homes were destroyed. Survivors of San Diego County fires say they have some advice for people in San Bruno.

Flames from a massive fire are seen in a residential neighborhood September 9, 2010 in San Bruno, California. A massive explosion rocked a neighborhood near San Francisco International Airport.
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Above: Flames from a massive fire are seen in a residential neighborhood September 9, 2010 in San Bruno, California. A massive explosion rocked a neighborhood near San Francisco International Airport.

When the 2003 Cedar Fire blasted through Scripps Ranch, Denise Stewart lost her home. So did many of her neighbors.

Stewart and her husband were left with nothing. But she said the community came together and organized meetings with local officials. Fellow San Diegans donated food and clothing.

Stewart said if she could say something to the survivors in San Bruno, it would be this:

"You'll be okay," she said. "Just be sure you have your stuff together when you sit down with your insurance company. And don't give up, don't let them wear you down."

California's Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner says he's sending staff to San Bruno to help survivors.

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