Crews working to shut off gas after explosion in Seattle

SEATTLE (AP) – Crews are working to shut off natural gas in the Seattle neighborhood rocked by an explosion that heavily damaged buildings and injured nine firefighters.

Puget Sound Energy spokeswoman Christina Donegan said the company is working with the Seattle Fire Department to shut off the gas and then a survey team will move in.

Donegan says their focus will be to determine if there was an issue with gas to the building or something inside the building.

Nearby residents were evacuated after the blast early Wednesday, but there’s no word of other injuries or anyone missing. Harborview Medical Center spokeswoman Susan Gregg said the nine firefighters suffered largely cuts and abrasions and eight were being released. The ninth was being further evaluated to determine if he needed to be admitted.

One witness told Seattle TV station KOMO the blast shook him out of bed.

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