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Jul 27, 2012 9:22 AM by Associated Press

2 families reach deals in San Bruno explosion

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. (AP) - The families of five people who died in the 2010 San Bruno pipeline explosion have settled lawsuits against Pacific Gas & Electric.

The San Mateo County Times says the deal with two families was disclosed during a Thursday court hearing in Redwood City.

The judge says he optimistic similar negotiated agreements can be reached so an October trial can be avoided.

The terms of the deals are confidential and both sides refused to discuss details.

PG&E has said it expects to spend more than $200 million to settle the suits filed in the wake of the Sept. 9, 2010, explosion.

The blast killed eight people and destroyed 38 homes.

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