A large explosion has ripped through a multi-story building in northwest Portland, Oregon, injuring a number of people including firefighters, officials say. It happened as emergency services responded to a gas leak. (more)
The incident happened at about 10:45 a.m. PT on Wednesday when a large explosion tore through a multi-story building on NW Glisan and 23rd, which houses condos and several businesses, including a spa and a bagel shop.
It happened as emergency services were evacuating the building after responding to a gas leak at the location. Photos from the scene showed major damage to the building and thick plumes of white smoke were billowing from the scene.
Portland Fire and Rescue confirmed that at least five people were injured, including three firefighters and two civilians. There was no immediate word on their conditions, but authorities said there were no reports of fatalities.
People have been urged to avoid the area.
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