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May 15, 2014 at 7:19 PM

Inslee seeks federal help after North Bend explosion

The Associated Press

OLYMPIA — Gov. Jay Inslee is asking the federal government for disaster declaration to help businesses and families in King County who were affected by a natural-gas explosion.

On Thursday, Inslee asked the Small Business Administration for a “physical and economic” disaster declaration for the North Bend explosion that occurred on April 25 and affected 29 businesses and homes.

If the declaration is approved, businesses would so qualify for low interest loans to help repair or replace items damaged or destroyed and homeowners would qualify for low interest loans for uninsured property losses. Businesses also would be eligible for low interest loans to cover operating expenses.

Comments | Topics: explosion, Gov. Jay Inslee, North Bend

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