Nine firefighters were injured when an apparent natural gas explosion destroyed two buildings in a Seattle neighborhood early on Wednesday morning.
Two commercial buildings were leveled after the gas explosion south of Greenwood Avenue North at85th Avenue North.
The cause of the blast, which was heard miles away from the site, is under investigation.
The explosion occurred around 1:45am Pacific time on Wednesday morning in the northern Greenwood neighborhood after fire crews responded to calls of a natural gas leak made 40 minutes earlier. The Seattle Fire Department said that eight firefighters and a battalion chief were taken to the hospital after sustaining minor injuries from a “massive explosion.”
The department said that 67 firefighters, commanders and medics were at the scene.
Puget Sound Energy spokesperson Andy Wappler said that it shut down control valves that feed gas to the area where the explosion happened. He said there was no reason to believe there were other leaks to worry about, KING reported.
Two buildings containing a café and an eatery were completely destroyed by the blast, littering the area with debris, according to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Other nearby buildings were heavily damaged, and the blast could be heard miles away.