Firefighters responded to Northwest 23rd Avenue and Glisan Street at around 9 a.m. Wednesday.
A large cloud of smoke filled the air and could be seen for miles.
A NW Natural spokesperson said a contractor hit a gas line, causing a leak.
After firefighters and NW Natural crews arrived at the scene and evacuated the building, the gas ignited and there was an explosion.
Scary stuff on NW 23rd this morning. This could’ve been much, much worse and I’m glad it wasn’t.