They recently issued an emergency appeal for blood donations, particularly of Type O negative, to replenish the supply currently being depleted by those injured in Thursday's explosion and fire in San Bruno.
Area hospitals needed significant amounts of Type O negative blood -- the type that can be given to anyone in an emergency.
While the blood center was able to move supplies from other hospitals to the ones treating the injured patients, the Bay Area's blood supply needed to be replenished as soon as possible.
The blood center provides donations to 40 hospitals throughout Northern California, including Kaiser Permanente, South San Francisco Medical Center and Seton Hospital, where fire victims were taken for treatment, among others.
An explosion that was reported at about 6:15 p.m. at Skyline Boulevard and San Bruno Avenue shot flames into the sky and belched a plume of smoke that could be seen miles away.
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