Bellevue firefighters responded Monday evening to a report of a gas leak explosion in a Kelsey Creek area house. The blast lifted the house off its foundation and pushed walls out, but did not injure the couple inside.
A spark from the home’s furnace ignited gas leaking in the crawl space from a damaged line to the gas fireplace. The house, at 12926 SE Sixth Pl., sustained an estimated $100,000 damage.
The residents reported the incident by cell phone at 8:45 p.m. The first fire crew on the scene observed smoke coming from a laundry room and the gas meter indicated that gas was still going to the house. The crew quickly shut off the gas and opened up the structure to investigate for remaining fire.
The occupants reported that a gas appliance retrofit was being completed on the recently remodeled home. They had just moved back into the house after extensive interior remodeling.
A contractor had damaged the gas line, and gas built up in the crawl space after one of the homeowners turned the gas on that day.
Four Bellevue fire engines responded to the scene as well as a medic unit, medical service officer, fire investigator and battalion chief. A total of 20 fire personnel responded. Puget Sound Energy responded quickly to assess safety issues and assess damage to the gas line and equipment.
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