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Worker critical after explosion at Washington motel

Investigators say someone may have damaged line when they jumped out of a window. (Christine Claridge/The Seattle Times via AP) Investigators say someone may have damaged line when they jumped out of a window. (Christine Claridge/The Seattle Times via AP)

By The Associated Press

BREMERTON, Wash. (AP) - Cascade Natural Gas has identified the worker injured in the motel explosion in Bremerton, Washington, as 59-year-old Larry Jennings.

The Bremerton man is listed in critical condition at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

Jennings was injured Tuesday in a natural gas explosion at a Washington state motel. He works for Cascade Natural Gas and was responding to a report of a gas leak at the time of the blast.

Police say they are investigating whether a person leaving the motel could have damaged a gas line before the explosion destroyed part of the building.

Bremerton Police Chief Steve Strachan says they received a report of someone going out of the building, possibly by jumping out a window, near the gas meter.

Minutes before the blast, the hotel's acting manager had evacuated the building because she could smell and hear a gas leak.

Meanwhile, the National Transportation Safety Board has called back its investigators because local officials said the gas meter likely was damaged just before the reported leak, and as a result, would not fall under its jurisdiction.

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