Nine Firefighters Injured in Large Gas Explosion on North 85th St Near Greenwood Ave, Seattle

Nine firefighters were taken to the hospital after an explosion in Seattle early Wednesday. Crews first responded to the scene of a reported gas leak. At least two buildings were leveled. Jeff Dubois of Seattle affiliate KIRO reports.

Seattle firefighters responded about 1:00 a.m. Wednesday to a report of a gas leak. Firefighters were on the scene about 40 minutes when a large gas explosion occurred. The blast destroyed Gorditos restaurant where the gas was leaking. Also heavily damaged or destroyed were Neptune Coffee and Euro shop. Buildings within a two-block radius, including a Chase bank had their window blown out.

Eight firefighters and a battalion chief were injured in the blast with injuries that included possible hearing damage, burns, cuts and abrasions. The firefighters and battalion chief were transported Harborview Medical Center.

Initially a Mayday was called out for missing firefighters, but all firefighters were reported safe after a quick search. A more extensive search was underway in the rubble for any unknown citizens that may have been in the buildings.

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