Firefighters cool down hot spots after an explosion at a Motel 6 on Aug. 18, 2015, in Bremerton, Wash.
Larry Steagall—AP
August 19, 2015 9:53 AM EDT

Emergency crews dug through mounds of rubble early Wednesday for two people believed to be missing after an explosion leveled a large section of a Motel 6 near Seattle.

Authorities in Bremerton, Washington, told NBC News the unaccounted for may be trapped following the Tuesday night explosion after attempts to reach them by phone were unsuccessful. A third person also believed missing was located early Wednesday and had not been in the debris.

A gas leak was reported shortly before 8 p.m. local time (11 p.m. ET). Motel workers and patrons had the chance to evacuate just prior to the blast, which happened…

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