Gas explosion destroys building in Portland, 5 injured

PORTLAND, OR (KOIN) — Three firefighters and two others were injured in a large gas explosion on Wednesday morning in Northwest Portland.

The incident happened at NW 23rd and Glisan in the Dosha Salon Spa building. Portland Fire and Rescue confirmed the five injuries and said no one died.

The COO of Dosha Salon Spa Kimberly Johnson tells KOIN 6 News that the salon was evacuated before the explosion happened. She said all of her employees were safe.

Firefighters were inside the building at the time of the explosion.

Employees at Portland Bagelworks say they were evacuated before the explosion as well and that all of their employees are accounted for.

Gas company NW Natural reports a 3rd party caused damage to a gas line. The cause of the ignition is unknown and the gas is now off.

Witnesses tell KOIN 6 News they heard a loud explosion and buildings in the area shook. Plumes of smoke could be seen from many places in the city.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is on scene investigating the explosion.

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