UPDATED Massive Explosion Rips Through Seattle Neighborhood, 9 Firefighters Injured
Some of the damage from the explosion. pic.twitter.com/BXmzDshnr7— Seattle Fire Dept (@SeattleFire) March 9, 2016
This happened just about a half hour ago. And while the story doesn't explicitly say it, it sounds to me like the Firefighters must have already been on the scene, when the explosion occurred.
(CNN)A massive explosion ripped through Seattle early Wednesday -- obliterating at least one building, damaging several others and sending nine firefighters to a hospital in the Washington state city.
The one battalion chief and eight firefighters transported to Harborview Medical Center suffered minor injuries, said Seattle fire spokeswoman Corey Orvold.
In a statement, Harborview Medical indicated that all nine were in satisfactory condition with injuries ranging from burns to cuts to abrasions.
While they recovered, their colleagues remained at the scene to address lingering flames and other issues in the city's Greenwood neighborhood.
The Seattle Fire Department tweeted around 3:30 a.m (6:30 a.m. ET) that 67 personnel -- including firefighters, commanders and medics -- were on site.
It wasn't immediately known if anyone was inside the building at the epicenter of the pre-dawn blast.UPDATED - natural gas explosion rocked a Seattle neighborhood early Wednesday, injuring nine firefighters, forcing evacuations and heavily damaging buildings, officials said. (March 9) AP
Above suggests the fire fighters were on the scene to address a gas leak.