20 to 25 homes catch fire in Mass. after suspected gas explosions

Teenager killed as 'gas explosions' set homes ablaze

Teenager killed as 'gas explosions' set homes ablaze

Investigators suspected "over-pressurization of a gas main" belonging to Columbia Gas of MA led to the series of explosions and fires, Andover Fire Chief Michael Mansfield said on Thursday.

A statement from Indiana-based NiSource said its "thoughts are with everyone affected by today's incident" and that it appreciates the response from local emergency crews.

Fire investigators suspected "over-pressurization of a gas main" belonging to Columbia Gas of MA led to the series of explosions and fires, Andover Fire Chief Michael Mansfield said at a news conference.

The North Andover area is covered by Columbia Gas of MA, but its electric provider National Grid said electric crews were responding to assist. The streets were darkened where authorities had cut off electricity and were shutting down gas service in an effort to stop further blazes.

As the sun rose Friday, residents looked over damaged homes that were either blasted by explosions or consumed by flames.

Investigators worked Friday to pinpoint the cause of a series of dramatic natural gas explosions that killed a teenager who had just gotten his driver's license and was sitting in his vehicle, injured at least 25 others and left dozens of homes in smouldering ruins.

The 10 injured people are being treated for injuries ranging from smoke inhalation to traumatic blast injuries, one of whom remains in a critical condition.

At least three people have been injured in Andover, including one firefighter and at least two civilians.

Lawrence resident Bruce Razin was among the evacuees standing outside the Colonial Heights neighbourhood near the city's high school trying to decide what to do next.

All that changed in the aftermath of Thursday's gas explosions across three suburbs north of Boston that left at least one person dead, injured at least a dozen more, and drove thousands from their homes.

A house burns in Lawrence, Mass., Sept. 13, 2018.

Columbia Gas posted an online note shortly after the first explosions that read: "Crews are now responding to reports of multiple fires in Lawrence, MA".

"We don't want folks coming back to an apartment that's not cleared and have an issue with gas exposure", Rivera said.

Nam says he ran downstairs and saw that his boiler was on fire.

A man whose neighbourhood was among those affected said he ran into his basement to find the room was glowing.

Minutes later, he said he heard a loud booming sound from his neighbor's house.

Police said the explosions and fires erupted in a cluster of towns north of Boston.

It was unclear how numerous fires and explosions were in homes or other locations. He says all residents should evacuate their homes if they smell gas. All three towns were listed as areas where neighborhood lines would be replaced, the utility said on its website Thursday.

It is not clear whether maintenance work was happening at the time of the blasts.

A man was killed as a series of explosions and fires rocked almost 40 homes and businesses in three MA towns Thursday.

In an afternoon news conference officials including Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker criticized Columbia Gas for what they said was an inadequate response to the explosions.

State officials told residents who have gas service from Columbia Gas of MA to evacuate their homes immediately and said gas lines were being depressurized by the company.

Management for the American Gas Association (AGA), which represents more than 200 companies that deliver gas throughout the United States, said, "Our hearts go out to those who are suffering and have lost loved ones and homes as a result of the tragic incidents in MA".