9 Firefighters Hurt in Seattle Blast

SEATTLE, WA – A natural gas leak may have caused a massive explosion last week in Seattle’s Greenwood neighborhood – demolishing at least one building, damaging many others and sending nine firefighters to the hospital.

Public buses shuttled people from multiple buildings, at least one of which included apartments, which were evacuated in the aftermath of the explosion.

Puget Sound Energy spokeswoman Akiko Oda said gas service for the impacted buildings was shut off about an hour after the blast and the shutdown was later expanded.

The Fire Department said almost 70 fire personnel were on the scene, including firefighters, commanders, and medics. Firefighters say no one has been reported as missing, but search dogs were brought in as a precaution to ensure there are no victims.

Harborview Medical Center authorities said all of the firefighters were treated for injuries ranging from burns to abrasions and most were soon released.