As I write this there are many helicopters flying overhead nearby. There was a large gas leak explosion this morning at about 1:30 over on Greenwood Av between 85th and 83rd about a half mile from our house. Reports say that three businesses are gone. Neptune Coffee, Mr. Gyros and the Quikstop Convenience Store on the west side of the street. There were no serious injuries or deaths reported. A few firefighters were taken to the hospital with minor injuries.
A reddit thread reports that the Angry Beaver (a hockey bar) across the street had its windows blown out and took heavy damage. It also reports that the Gordito’s restaurant on 85th was damaged. I heard the owner of the Couth Buzzard bookstore on the radio this morning who reported his windows were blown out as well. [ed. Also Chocolati, Diggity Dog, the Tattoo parlor on 85th, all around the corner up and down the street]
My next door neighbor told me she got woken up by the explosion. Neither Laura or I woke up though I sort of half remember in retrospect hearing lots of sirens.
Mr. Gyros will be the biggest loss for me. The owner, Sammy is a friend and a member of my fantasy football league. (he was this winner of the league this year so I suspect the trophy was lost in the explosion). Sammy is a highly loved and respected member of the local business community. He knows most of his customers by name and I go there for lunch fairly often. He and his brother Joni have another location in Ballard but if I know them, they will rebuild the place in Greenwood.
I’ll try to go by the location later today and take some photos which I will post here. I’m just happy nobody was seriously injured. Something like half a city block was flattened.