"I have firefighters missing!," cried a firefighter on duty at Wednesday morning's explosion in Seattle's Greenwood neighborhood.

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When an explosion ripped into three buildings Wednesday morning in Seattle’s Greenwood neighborhood, a firefighter on duty put inĀ an urgentĀ call for backup.

“Battalion Six, I need a full response … I have firefighters missing!”

Listen to the call here:

To see how events unfolded, read a live-updates post from the morning.

Lt. Edward Newell was investigating a natural gas leak in Greenwood when an explosion blew his helmet off and singed his hair. (Bettina Hansen / The Seattle Times)