Police searching for driver of car that crashed into downtown Nordstrom, causing gas leak
Police are searching for the driver of a car that crashed into the Nordstrom building in downtown Spokane late Tuesday night, causing a natural gas leak.
The Spokane Police Department responded to reports that a car ran into the building at 800 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. just before midnight.
When officers arrived, the driver had already left, said Officer John O’Brien, a department spokesman.
The Spokane Fire Department was dispatched after a natural gas leak was reported stemming from the car crash, according to a news release from the department.
When the fire department arrived, they discovered the crash had caused a “significant” gas leak involving a 2-inch natural gas line.
Fire personnel were unable to shut off the gas due to the way the line was damaged and had to wait for Avista to shut off the flow of gas remotely, which took approximately two hours, the fire department said.
During that time, crews evacuated River Park Square, Old City Hall and the current City Hall buildings and monitored gas levels and flow, while ventilating the building.
The department said “luckily” the incident occurred late enough at night there were minimal evacuations and disruption of traffic.
Police said they’ve heard unconfirmed reports that a second car was involved in the incident, but the investigation is ongoing.
The car left on the scene has been impounded and police are searching for the driver, O’Brien said.
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