Portland building destroyed in gas explosion, 5 injured

Portland office building explodes. (KOIN)
Portland office building explodes. (KOIN)

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

Dosha Salon Spa (Google Street View)

Dosha Salon Spa (Google Street View)

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.

Gas company NW Natural reports a third party caused damage to a gas line. The cause of the ignition is unknown and the gas is now off. Firefighters were inside the building at the time of the explosion.

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.

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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