Multiple news sources including The Seattle Times are reporting an explosion caused by a natural gas leak early this morning near 85th and Greenwood. The massive blast leveled a building, destroying Neptune Coffee, Mr. Gyros, and a Quik Stop convenience store. Windows were shattered at Chocolati Café a block away, and neighboring bike store G & O Family Cyclery was heavily damaged.
Facebook pages for nearby breweries Naked City and Flying Bike Cooperative announced their shops are mostly fine, save for minor damage. Atlas Coffee tweeted that it also sustained "just minor damage" and loss of power. Coyle's Bakeshop announced on Facebook it suffered minimal damage and will be closed today. Bakeshop employees were reportedly giving away baked goods to those working at the scene this morning.
The Seattle Times also notes several other restaurants and bars sustaining damage, including The Lodge Sports Grille, Gorditos, Hummus Cafe, Chaco Canyon, and The Angry Beaver.
Nine firefighters were reported injured as they searched for the source of the leak, which was called in around 1:04 a.m. The blast ripped through the building at 1:40 a.m. as they searched. The firefighters were all released later from Harborview Medical Center and no deaths were reported.
The community is rallying, with the Phinney Neighborhood Association launching an online fundraiser on its website, which also lists a number of other fundraising efforts at local businesses.