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  • Northwest Portland gas explosion
  • Take steps to avoid smoke from fire (Multnomah County website)
  • Emergency response agencies in Portland have responded to a natural gas explosion in northwest area of the city on Wednesday, October 19. Due to smoke that may continue to linger in the area, residents should be aware of smoke inhalation prevention. Short term health effects from high concentrations of smoke include trouble breathing, irritation of eyes, throat and lungs, and skin irritation. Some individuals such as children, the elderly and those with existing respiratory or cardiovascular disease may be more sensitive to the effects than others.
  • Events like this can create added stress and unexpected emotions. If you are affected in this way and need support, please call the Crisis Line at 503-988-4888 for assistance.

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