Boston, MA - Massachusetts State Police have just confirmed that there have been 39 house fires or explosions reported this evening, Thursday, September 13, 2018.
According to the state police, house fires and explosions have erupted around three Massachusetts towns all night. The three towns that are being affected by these eruptions are Lawrence, Andover, and North Andover. Supposedly, they are being caused by a major gas leak, and state officials are warning that the number of reported fires and explosions is still growing.(Video Credit: CNN)
Officials have concluded that the gas leak is starting in homes of those that get their gas through the Columbia Gas company. All residents have been told to evacuate their homes and the immediate areas surrounding if they get their gas from this company. In addition, anyone who smells gas is urged to leave their homes immediately.
According to MPS officials, Columbia Gas has been shutting down all power throughout the houses that are in these three Massachusetts towns. The company is still yet to know the cause of the house fires and explosions.
The Associated Press recently stated that the Columbia Gas company had announced early this morning that they were planning to upgrade their gas lines in certain areas throughout the state. The towns of Lawrence, Andover, and North Andover were included in their plans for new gas lines. As of now, it is unclear whether the company started working on the gas lines today or not. When a spokeswoman was asked about the topic, she declined to comment.
Both State Police and local police officers are coming together to evacuate all residents in surrounding areas. Ramps that lead into town have been closed and the ramps leading out of town are still open for residents of the surrounding areas to get their stuff and get out.
Methuen Police Chief Joseph Solomon came forward to say that there are so many fires in the towns that everyone is unable to see the sky.
The only further update we have is that the gas company is currently trying to depressurize the gas lines. They warn that this may take some time.