A natural gas explosion on Wednesday in Portland, Oregon caused eight injuries and several evacuations after it erupted into fire on a popular street called “Trendy Third.”
The explosion caused immense damage to property, crumbling a building to ashes and blowing out windows of another nearby building.
Utility company NW Natural responded to calls at 8:55am on Wednesday morning about a subcontractor hitting one of its gas lines while digging.
Workers from NW Natural were onsite by 9:10am and were working to control the gas leak when an eruption occurred at 9:38am. The cause of the ignition is unknown.
The company was able to control the gas leak by 9:52am, according to the update on its website. NW Natural is currently coordinating with Portland Fire, PGE and City of Portland structural officials to turn service back on in the area as soon as possible.
“We want to assure our customers and the communities we serve that public safety is our absolute priority. We continually train our crews to be ready, and I’m proud of their rapid response,” said CEO David Anderson in a statement.