Natural Gas Explosion Sends 9 Firefighters to Hospital
Nine firefighters were sent to the hospital on Wednesday after responding to a natural gas explosion in Seattle that leveled several buildings.
Important Information about the Explosion
Multiple sources are reporting that a natural gas explosion rattled a neighborhood in Seattle early on Wednesday morning, and sent nine firefighters to the hospital and reduced several businesses to rubble.
According to the Seattle Fire Department spokeswoman Corey Orvold, fire crews were responding to reports of a natural gas leak when the explosion happened along the main roadway to the city’s greenwood neighborhood which is just north of downtown.
At sunrise on Wednesday morning, emergency crews were still working to put out the remaining active flames with foam. Residents in the area were checking out the damage and the rubble that littered the streets. An area café that was damaged in the accident was pouring fresh coffee for firefighters who were working in the area.
A mini mart, a coffee shop, and a gyro restaurant were all leveled in the accident.
Apartment building residents in another nearby building were evacuated as a precaution at about 1:45 a.m.
Search dogs were dispatched to the area, although there was no official word on whether or not anyone was reported missing.
A spokeswoman from the Harborview Medical Center indicated that eight firefighters and the battalion chief were treated at the hospital – five of them were release early Wednesday morning and the others were in the process of being released.
Most of the firefighters sent to the hospital were sent as precaution since the blast from the explosion pushed them back several feet.
Details about Accidents Involving Firefighters
- 64 firefighters were killed on-the-job in 2014 – a major decrease from the 97 firefighter deaths that were recorded in 2013.
- 8 percent of firefighter deaths happened due to explosion.
- The leading cause of death for firefighters was sudden cardiac arrest.