A massive explosion just ripped through a Seattle neighborhood early this morning – obliterating at least one building, damaging several others and putting nine firefighters in the hospital in the Washington city. Hit the jump.

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Seattle fire spokeswoman Corey Orvold stated the one battalion chief and eight firefighters transported to Harborview Medical Center suffered minor injuries. Harborview Medical indicated that all nine were in satisfactory condition with injuries ranging from burns to cuts to abrasions. No deaths or critical condition cases.

While in recovery, their fellow firefighters remained at the scene to address ongoing flames and other issues in Seattle’s Greenwood neighborhood. The Seattle Fire Department tweeted around 3:30 a.m (6:30 a.m. ET) that 67 personnel – including firefighters, commanders and medics were on site handling the blast. There is no indication thus far as to what triggered the explosion, but just over 6 months ago there was a gas leak that caused a blast which injured one person and brought down part of a Motel 6 in Bremerton, Washington – just across Puget Sound from Wednesday morning’s blast.

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