9 Seattle firefighters hurt in natural gas blast

9 Seattle firefighters hurt in natural gas blast
Posted at 4:58 AM, Mar 09, 2016

Nine Seattle firefighters are hurt after a natural gas blast. Other firefighters are still working to put out the flames.

Eight firefighters and a battalion chief went to the hospital to be treated for minor injuries, according the Seattle Fire Department.

The explosion happened just after 1:30 a.m. according to our sister sation KOMO. Emergency dispatch call logs show firefighters had responded to the building for a natural gas leak about 25 minutes earlier.

Some area residents had to be evacuated.

The fire department said they had a total of 67 firefighters, command staff and medics at the scene.

There is no word of any other injuries or anyone missing. Fire department spokeswoman Corey Orvold says dogs are being used to go through the rubble just in case.

A KOMO photographer at the scene said the explosion destroyed the Quick Stop Grocery, Neptune Coffee and Mr. Gyros, and heavily damaged the G & O Family Cyclery.

The blast sent debris scattered across the neighborhood and shattered windows in buildings as far as two blocks away from the scene, KOMO reported.

Firefighters extinguished the hot spots and started securing buildings at about 6:30 a.m. PT.



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