NORTH BEND, Wash. —
A massive explosion at a North Bend business destroyed three buildings and damaged several others.
Residents said they heard a large explosion Friday about 3:45 a.m. near East North Bend Way.
Eastside fire crews were quickly on the scene and had the fire under control early Friday, but authorities did order an evacuation of some nearby apartments because of concerns of the potential for additional gas explosions.
According to authorities, the explosion was believed to be centered in pizza restaurant that was undergoing renovations or a barber shop. The pizza restaurant, known as The Pizza Place, was destroyed, leaving only wood, broken glass and debris.
The explosion also damaged a neighboring barber shop and a tire shop.
The explosion may have been caused by natural gas, but fire Eastside fire spokesperson Josie Williams said that has not been confirmed.
The road is covered with debris. Some is hanging on power lines, and 200 customers are without power.
Power has been shut off and crews are working to shut of gas, Williams said.
One resident who contacted KIRO 7 said the explosion shook his house and triggered car alarms.
Another neighbor said she thought it was a natural disaster.
“There was a big boom and I thought it was an earthquake,” said Linda Crosson, who lives 5 miles way from the scene of the explosion. “I called 911 and they said ‘we just got a report that a gas station exploded.'"
The North Bend 76 gas station is located next to the destroyed building and had minor damage, but the station’s gasoline tanks did not appear to be affected.
Fire officials did report some minor injuries in the area, resulting from cuts from glass.
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