An early morning explosion in Seattle Wednesday, caused by natural gas, sent multiple firefighters to the hospital, none with serious injuries. It reduced several businesses to rubble. Crews were responding to reports of a natural gas leak when the explosion happened along the main thoroughfare of the city’s Greenwood neighborhood, north of downtown, Seattle Fire Department spokeswoman Corey Orvold said.
As the weekend began, some residents of China’s sixth-largest city continued to hunt for friends and relatives. Others cared for survivors or began to mourn.
A seventh person has died after two New York City buildings collapsed on Wednesday in an explosion apparently caused by a gas leak. The number of those injured in the incident is now “close to 60″, police spokesman Detective Marc Nell said, with several more victims feared trapped in the rubble.
Nell also said the seventh victim of Wednesday’s blast was pulled from the buildings’ rubble, adding that no one had died at a hospital.
The blast, which scattered debris across nearby rooftops, brought down the adjoining five-story buildings, with a total of 15 apartments, at about 9:30 a.m. on a largely residential Upper Manhattan block at East 116th Street and Park Avenue.
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