Seattle Explosion Levels Building

Cause of Gas Leak Still Under Investigation

DeShawn Smith, Staff Reporter

A suspected gas leak caused a massive explosion in the city of Greenwood Seattle. It happened early Wednesday morning and it destroyed a building and damaged many others in the Greenwood neighborhood.

According to CNN, Ed Murray, Seattle’s Mayor, said the blast was “a devastating disaster for the business district.” Nine firefighters were sent to the hospital. The Mayor also said:

It’s going to take a lot of work to help these businesses become vibrant and vital again, but we are committed to that as a city.”

Eight firefighters and a Battalion Chief was sent to Harborview Medical Center after the explosion, according to Seattle’s fire spokeswoman, Corey Orvold. According to CNN reporting the firefighters were released from the hospital at 8 am (ET).

“Thank God, no one was seriously injured, and hopefully, at least as far as we can tell, no one was killed here,” said Ed Murray on that Wednesday afternoon.

Around 10:30 am the fire was put out and it left behind a lot of charred rubble, said the Seattle Fire Department.

The first set of firefighters went to the scene when they got a report saying there was a gas leak in Greenwood. This was around 1 am. Their main focus was to find and determine where the gas leak was coming from. Then at 1:45 am the explosion was set off.

Chief Harold Scoggins said, “We know, as firefighters, that this is a very dangerous job, and these things can happen from time to time. They did all the things they needed to do to take care of business.”

The explosion shattered windows that were as far as 2 blocks away and it annihilated a restaurant. Images show that debris was stuck in the trees and bushes, left shattered glass all over the streets, and litter all over the street.

According to witnesses reported by CNN’s affiliate KCPQ, the bars were shaking, the cars were damaged, and windows were shattered everywhere you looked. KCPQ photojournalist, Bryan Howard said:

“The whole building, it just exploded. I took off running but when I turned back around, there was debris just coming down from the sky. … I remember … a giant fireball going up into the air.”

CNN reported that buses were sent to evacuate the people that were in near-by apartments and buildings just in case of another explosion. Since it’s not 100 percent that it was caused by a gas leak, investigators are still looking for the cause of the explosion.

Fellow senior, Juwan Williams said,”Wow…. that’s some scary stuff. We gotta be grateful that nobody was killed.”