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(SEATTLE) — A  Seattle neighborhood was rocked early Wednesday after a natural gas explosion reduced local businesses to rubble. The Seattle Fire Department tweeted that the explosion sent nine firefighters to the hospital.

Fire crews at 85th and Greenwood Ave N for explosion. Evacuations taking place. 9 SFD transported- 8 FF and 1 BC. pic.twitter.com/nyQC6nBzdL

— Seattle Fire Dept (@SeattleFire) March 9, 2016

Crews responded to reports of a natural gas leak when the explosion happened along the main thoroughfare of the city’s Greenwood neighborhood, Seattle Fire Department spokeswoman Corey Orvold said.

The explosion leveled multiple businesses, including a cafe and a diner, and other store fronts were severely damaged.

Photos of surrounding businesses display the damage of this mornings explosion at N 85th and Greenwood. pic.twitter.com/J5R31dqBhi

— Seattle Fire Dept (@SeattleFire) March 9, 2016

“I arrived pretty soon after the massive fire trucks, and at that point, there were tons of flames leaping over what was already the rubble of Neptune coffee, which as you can see now totaled, gone,” bike shop owner Davey Oil told ABC affiliate KOMO-TV. “We work pretty hard on our business and we really love the neighborhood. Our block is a pretty close-knit block and this is pretty terrible.”

The fire department tweeted hours after the blaze erupted that crews had extinguished the flames.

Firefighters have extinguished the fire at 85th and Greenwood. pic.twitter.com/JHxrdEo4hF

— Seattle Fire Dept (@SeattleFire) March 9, 2016

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