An explosion and fire overnight in North Bend destroyed or damaged several businesses. Firefighters are searching damaged buildings. Only two people suffered minor injuries because most buildings were empty when the explosion occurred around 3:40 this morning.

The blast may have been caused by a natural gas leak at a pizza restaurant reportedly under renovation.

Debris is scattered over a wide area, reaching across five blocks. People living in North Bend reported waking up when the blast shook their homes. The blast was felt as far as six miles away.

 

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