UPDATE: About the Seattle Fire response at 35th/Morgan

5:30 PM: Thanks for the text about the Seattle Fire response – four units sent – at or near Walgreens at 35th/Morgan in High Point. According to the SFD 911 log, the response is for a “natural gas leak.” We’re en route to find out more.


5:45 PM: Here’s what we’ve found out: Store employees called SFD because of a strong odor of natural gas. Responding firefighters used detectors (special equipment from the technical rescue apparatus in our photo, we’re told) to try to find a source, but couldn’t trace it. It’s reported to have dissipated and people have been allowed back in the store.

4 Replies to "UPDATE: About the Seattle Fire response at 35th/Morgan"

  • Ariana May 18, 2016 (6:03 pm)

    Just to clarify, you cannot smell natural gas as it is odorless. When someone reports “smelling natural gas,” s/he is actually smelling the odorant purposefully mixed into the natural gas stream to ensure any potential leak is detectable.

    • WSB May 18, 2016 (6:24 pm)

      Yes, we know that and I’m sure most people do. However, it’s commonly described this way and it’s certainly an acceptable way to report it. Even on the Seattle 911 log, the description is “Natural Gas Odor,” not “Natural Gas Odorant Odor.” – TR

      • Ariana May 19, 2016 (7:21 am)

        Apologies if I offended the WSB by trying to provide what I thought was some useful information. You’d be surprised  how often I’ve encountered individuals who actually don’t know much about natural gas. I agree reporting a smell of natural gas is acceptable and it was never my intent to indicate otherwise. Hope the hair on the cat’s back has now settled back into place.

  • Great use of words May 18, 2016 (10:09 pm)

    Glad all are okay. I think I will add “odorant odor” to my lexicon. Who’d a thunk it? Might such a phrase also apply to an excess of perfume to cover up body odor?

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