We had a natural gas explosion here in a Seattle neighborhood this morning. There were nine firefighters on the scene – to investigate a gas smell that residents had reported first reported at 1:04 a.m. on Wednesday. The explosion tore through the neighborhood 39 minutes later, flattening a coffee shop, a convenience store and a Greek food store and damaging the store fronts of 36 businesses. The firefighters were injured, but not seriously, and luckily no one else was hurt. The cause of the leak and the explosion is still being investigated.