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NORTH BEND, Wash. -- An explosion and fire has destroyed or damaged several businesses in North Bend Friday morning, sending debris flying as far as four blocks away.

Eastside Fire and Rescue spokesman Wes Collins says there have been two minor injuries. Firefighters are searching damaged buildings but they don't expect anyone was inside at the time.

The cause is suspected to be natural gas. Firefighters say there is some discrepancy as to where the explosion originated.

A dispatcher says there were multiple calls and automated alarms at 3:41 a.m. Friday. The fire went to two alarms because of the large response.

The fire has reportedly burned a barber shop and blast damage is visible at a gas station, tire store and grocery. Debris is scattered over a wide area.

North Bend residents report being awakened by a blast that shook their homes.

Puget Sound Energy initially reported 1,500 customers without power after the explosion.

Schools inNorth Bend will be open and on time, but buses will be re-routed. Information will be updated at the Snoqualmie Valley School District website.

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