Gas line explosion destroys building in Seattle, nine firefighters hurt

2016-03-09 // 0 Comments

SEATTLE, Wa. (NBC NEWS/WSPA) — A gas line explosion has destroyed at least two buildings in a Seattle neighborhood. Nine firefighters were injured after the explosion leveled several buildings early Wednesday, officials said. The Seattle Fire Department said eight firefighters and a battalion chief were transported to hospital following the “massive explosion” in the northern suburb of Greenwood. At least 17 fire vehicles were at the scene after one resident described as “an extremely loud boom.” The explosion happened just after firefighters arrived to the scene. It was not immediately clear what caused the explosion or how the firefighters were injured. NBC News was unable to immediately reach fire officials for more information. Dozens of residents said on Twitter they had been woken by the blast at around 1:40 a.m. (4:40 a.m. ET). [...]