A gas worker who was injured in a motel explosion in Bremerton, Washington has been identified as Larry Jennings, 59.
According to a spokesperson at Cascade Natural Gas, Jennings was injured in a gas explosion that happened at a motel. At the time of the blast, Jennings, who works for Cascade Natural Gas, was responding to a report of a gas leak.
Police have indicated that there are suspicious circumstances surrounding the explosion. Currently, law enforcement agencies are investigating whether someone who had been spotted leaving the hotel by jumping out of a window located near the gas meter may have damaged the gas line just before the explosion.
A hotel manager said that they smelled and heard the gas leak and evacuated approximately 5 guests in 42 occupied rooms and called the gas company.
Jennings was the worker who responded to the call and is currently listed in critical condition and is being treated at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.
Fire officials in Bremerton said that no one was killed in the blast that ripped through the hotel and destroyed a portion of the building. The force of the explosion blew back firefighters some 20 feet, leaving one with bruised ribs and another with a concussion. The firefighters were treated and released and are currently recovering from their injuries at home.
Approximately one quarter of the hotel has been destroyed.
Federal agencies have been called in to investigate the cause of the explosion.
It may take some time before investigators really know what happened in this devastating explosion. Utility workers have a dangerous job to do and sometimes it comes at the cost of serious injury or even their life.
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