Gas Explosion Levels Part of Motel 6 in Washington State

An explosion demolished part of a Motel 6 in Bremerton, across Puget Sound west of Seattle, on Tuesday night — just minutes after the acting hotel manager had evacuated the building because of a gas leak.

Bremerton Police Chief Steve Strachan told The Associated Press there were no reports of anyone trapped inside, and just one possible injury.

Manager Tonya Hinds said in a telephone interview that a passerby had come into her office to say a gas line was leaking at the back of the building. Hinds — a former volunteer firefighter — said she went outside and saw that the leaking line was a big one “with a lot of gas.”

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