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

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

Andover Fire Chief Michael Mansfield described the harrowing scene as, "Armageddon".

Baker previously said authorities hadn't heard directly from Columbia Gas, but later called the company's response "adequate".

Authorities are scrambling to shut down gas supply to stop further explosions.

At least one person has died and 12 people have been injured in the explosions.

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 auto, injured at least 25 others and left dozens of homes in smouldering ruins.

At least three people, including one firefighter, were hurt in Andover, the town said in a statement.

Public schools in Lawrence, Andover and North Andover will be closed on Friday because of the fires.

Red Cross centers were open to shelter evacuees while Lawrence public schools were to shutter Friday.

An 18-year-old man was in a auto in Lawrence in a driveway when a house exploded, the chimney landed on the vehicle and the victim was pronounced dead.

Local police reported "fires and explosions" at dozens of homes and other properties on Thursday evening.

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker declared a state of emergency Friday in three towns north of Boston rocked by a string of deadly gas explosions, and he put another utility company in charge of restoration efforts.

Nam said a woman and two kids had made it out of the house, but the basement was on fire.

Lawrence, Andover and North Andover were included Thursday morning in an alert from Columbia Gas of MA telling customers on its website that it was "upgrading natural gas lines in neighborhoods" across the state.

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"There could still be a gas leak in your home", he said.

Officials said four victims were being treated at Lawrence general hospital for injuries.

On its website, Columbia Gas had posted a note to MA customers that it was upgrading natural gas lines "in neighborhoods across the state" to enhance safety and reliability. "There will be plenty of time later tonight, tomorrow morning and into the next day to do some of the work around determining exactly what happened and why".

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

Officials are warning residents who return to their homes not to turn on the gas and to immediately evacuate if they smell gas at their home.

"Far too early to speculate on cause", the state police tweeted, adding that a joint investigation will be conducted when the situations is stabilized. A company spokeswoman did not immediately provide comment. They cited issues including poor communications with local police and fire crews.

Police Chief Joseph Solomon in nearby Methuen says there are so many fires "you can't even see the sky".

Lawrence Mayor Dan Rivera estimated there are between 20 and 25 fires across the city, according to WCVB.

Kingston Fire Chief Bill Seaman said he sent six firefighters from his department, but he had more who were willing to go.

After a series of gas explosions and fires in the Merrimack Valley on Thursday, the State Police Air Wing unit was providing "overwatch support" around 11 p.m.

"What we know is that there have been multiple explosions, multiple fires that are happening across the city", Rivera said.

Gas technicians and first responders went door to door reviewing thousands of homes in Lawrence, Andover and North Andover and shutting down gas mains.