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originally posted by: AshFan
She was probably smoking in bed and fell asleep. And the hundreds of gallons of gasoline in her luggage near the bed caught fire.
originally posted by: BlueAjah
Isnt there a military base near there?
...the National Transportation Safety Board, which regulates gas pipe lines, was called to the scene. However, the agency said it was recalling its investigators after determining the cause may have been in the gas meter and not a pipeline.
Hinds said that a passerby had come into her office to say a gas line was leaking at the back of the building. Hinds — a former volunteer firefighter — said she went outside and saw that the leaking line was a big one “with a lot of gas.”
Police spent the night chasing down rumors about a cause for the explosion — including allegations that someone drove a car into the gas meter, that someone struck the meter with a hammer or that the explosion was somehow related to a domestic-violence incident.
... one guest reported having seen someone jump out a window of the three-story establishment and land on or near the gas line just before the leak.
www.seattletimes.com... ottomThe federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) will assist in the investigation, which could take several weeks.