Neighbors Cleanup After Greenwood Explosion

Volunteers help cleanup Seattle's Greenwood neighborhood after Wednesday's natural gas explosion. (KOMO Photo March 12. 2016)

SEATTLE - Dozens of volunteers came out to help clean up Seattle's Greenwood neighborhood on Saturday, just days after a massive explosion destroyed several businesses.

"To be able to come down and turn something ugly into something beautiful," said volunteer Norm Underland. "To show them that this is what it's about living in a community with people, showing love, and doing whatever you can to help out people who need it."

Firefighters were checking on a natural gas leak near Greenwood Avenue early Wednesday morning when the building exploded, injuring nine crew members.

While investigators still comb through the rubble, nearly 100 people came out to replant, repaint and pickup the debris left behind.

"Remind people of the culture that's right here in the middle of Greenwood," said artist and volunteer Ahmed Bashir, Artist. "It's now my home, too, especially now doing this."

"We were trying to think of creative ways to help, and this was it." said Joey DeYoung, Executive Director of Urban Hands Charity.

He helped organized the cleanup to help the community begin the recovery process.

"You drive by and it looks like a war zone to some degree," said DeYoung. "So we want people's attention to not only go to the wreckage we want them to go to businesses that are still open or will be open, but are hurting because instead of windows, they have wood."

If you'd like to help we've compiled a list of community fundraising efforts to help the Greenwood community.

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