Surveillance Video Captures Motel 6 Gas Explosion; 16 Rooms Destroyed, Gas Company Worker Critically Injured in Bremerton


Surveillance video captured the moment a gas leak at a Motel 6 in Bremerton, Washington, caused a large explosion.

A fast-acting hotel manager and former volunteer firefighter, who evacuated a Bremerton, Washington Motel 6 minutes before a gas explosion is being credited with saving dozens of lives. Motel manager Tonya Hinds evacuated guests that had been staying in rooms that were destroyed by the explosion. About 10 people were staying in 16 motel rooms that were destroyed, but officials were unsure how many people motel manager Ms. Hinds evacuated. Two people were initially unaccounted for. Cadaver dogs detected no bodies in the collapsed section of the Motel 6.

The blast Tuesday night about 8.24 p.m. after a gas leak and gas odor was reported just before 8:00 p.m. Tuesday. The explosion and fire critically injured a gas company worker and knocked back firefighters and police officers, but no motel guests were injured.

Bremerton is located on the west side of Puget Sound, across the water from Seattle.

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