Gas Explosions Set Dozens Of Homes Ablaze In Multiple Boston-Area Communities

Gas Explosions Set Dozens Of Homes Ablaze In Multiple Boston-Area Communities

Gas Explosions Set Dozens Of Homes Ablaze In Multiple Boston-Area Communities

"This has been obviously an incredibly hard day", Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker said in a news conference early on Friday. "We have had similar issues on a much smaller scale".

Massachusetts State Police said that the gas lines are being depressurized, but noted that the process "will take some time".

"The incidents have been traumatic", said Governor Charlie Baker late Thursday, confirming along with several other officials that a teenager was killed in a vehicle when a chimney crashed onto it.

"Good thing I wasn't home or I wouldn't be talking about it", she said outside an elementary school in Lawrence that the Red Cross had converted into a shelter for about 170 people.

"Those are the last two coherent pieces of information we got from Columbia Gas", Rivera said. He mentioned difficulties such as getting into people's homes.

Teams of firefighters, police, and gas company workers were out in force overnight, shutting off gas to the 8,000 impacted homes.

Eversource did not return messages seeking comment.

A wave of gas explosions and fires tore through neighborhoods in three Merrimack Valley communities Thursday night, forcing thousands of residents from their homes, leaving dozens injured and at least one man dead.

A buildup of natural gas triggered an explosion and fire that killed seven people in apartments in Silver Spring, Maryland, in 2016.

"Gas lines are now being depressurised", police said on Twitter, adding that "it will take some time".

As of Thursday evening, authorities said they believed the incidents may have been caused by over-pressurized gas lines.

Officials at the hospital said in a tweet that injuries included smoke inhalation and blast trauma and that one person in critical condition was transported to a Boston trauma center.

Lupa is unlikely to return home soon.

At least three people have been injured in Andover, including one firefighter and two civilians, town officials said in a statement.

"We expect this will be an extended restoration effort, and we will work tirelessly to restore service to the affected customers", the statement said.

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Columbia Gas is investigating, NISource spokesman Ken Stammen said on Thursday.

Columbia Gas had announced earlier Thursday that it would be upgrading gas lines in neighborhoods across the state, including the area where the explosions happened. "Our thoughts are with everyone affected by today's incident".

State police urged residents served by Columbia Gas to evacuate their homes, saying the utility was cutting pressure to its lines and that it would take "some time" to shut off all service.

Authorities said Leonel Rondon died after a chimney toppled by an exploding house fell on his auto as blasts ripped through three neighbourhoods near Boston.

Jill McDonald Halsey, a spokeswoman for Lawrence General Hospital, said the hospital now has five victims of the gas explosions and fires, and has activated it's emergency management plan.

"Our number one priority is to evacuate residents to the northern part of the city", he said in an interview with WHDH TV. "You can't see it and in some cases you won't be able to smell it, and God forbid you go to sleep and don't wake up".

Columbia Gas, which has 313,000 customers across the state, says an investigation is underway as the utility works to cut gas supply.

The Governor of Massachusetts, Charlie Baker, described it as a "public safety event" in the early hours of Friday, but said officials were now "confident" there would be no further fires.

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