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November 22, 2021

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March 21, 1951. On that morning a contractor was digging in Grand ave. for a sewer line when workers reported smelling gas so Portland Gas & Coke Co. was dispatched to investigate. Before the gas company arrived a man working at this US Bank branch at Grand ave. & Alder entered a basement storeroom and pulled the chain switch on a ceiling light fixture that triggered the explosion of gas that has leaked into the basement. Seven bank employees were hospitalized with the man in the basement being the worst with burns. The explosion happened at 9:30 am before the bank was due to open at 10 am. and it appears only people in the bank were injured.

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