Natural gas issue blamed for at least 39 fires

Natural gas issue blamed for at least 39 fires

Natural gas issue blamed for at least 39 fires

Dozens of homes were set alight by suspected gas explosions in MA last night, killing an 18-year-old man.

More than 85,000 homes in the state are without power.

Early Friday, the utility issued a statement saying its crews need to visit each of the 8,600 affected customers to shut off each gas meter and conduct a safety inspection.

Leonel Rondon, an 18-year-old Lawrence resident, died after a house explosion sent a chimney crashing into his auto, the Associated Press reported. He was rushed to a Boston hospital and pronounced dead Thursday evening.

Rondon only recently got his driver's license and was sitting in the auto with two pals, loved ones told WHDH. The agency's job, the spokesman said, is not to lay blame, but to determine what happened so it can be prevented from happening again.

"The follow-through just wasn't there", Baker said of Columbia Gas.

Schools were to be closed Friday in Lawrence and Andover.

Multiple fire trucks from surrounding communities arrive in Lawrence, Mass., responding to a series of gas explosions and fires triggered by a problem with a gas line that feeds homes in several communities north of Boston, Sept. 13, 2018.

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Gas explosions have claimed lives and destroyed property around the USA in recent years.

Officials have yet to identify what caused the explosions but said that pressure on natural gas lines... The San Bruno tragedy killed eight people and triggered more than $1 billion in fines and penalties. The club owner and the gas company eventually settled the case. He said residents detecting unusual odors should leave their homes.

An 18-year-old man died when a chimney fell on his auto, and another 10 people were injured in the fires and explosions, which affected the communities of Lawrence, Andover and North Andover on Thursday afternoon. "We will support you and your family", Rivera said at a news conference Friday, speaking in English and Spanish. Electric power was also turned off. Lawrence, the largest of them, is a majority Latino city with a population of about 80,000.

South Lawrence Mayor Daniel Rivera urged residents to stay away from their homes.

"Do not be afraid".

"Lawrence is a very resilient community".

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker said he is in contact with first responders and is actively monitoring the situation.

Hours earlier, Andover Fire Chief Michael Mansfield described a starkly different situation.

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"People have a right to know", Markey told reporters.

Bruce Razin, who was among the evacuees and saw a neighbours house destroyed said: "I couldn't imagine if that was my house".

Leonel Robson, who was sitting in his driveway when a chimney fell on his auto, was killed after the explosions rocked the suburban towns of Lawrence, Andover and North Andover. In a release dated Thursday the company had said it would "be upgrading natural gas lines in neighbourhoods across the state". But it was not immediately known whether any work was being done in those communities at the time.

Live TV pictures show firefighters tackling blazes engulfing a number of houses.

Joseph Solomon, the police chief in nearby Methuen, said there are so many fires "you can't even see the sky".

"Numerous evacuations of neighborhoods where there are gas odors are underway", police said.

Scores of homes have been damaged in the inferno. On Thursday, she had come home to a hissing sound in her basement and a strong odour of natural gas.

A building burns after explosions in Lawrence, Mass., in this Thursday photo from social media by Boston Sparks. Consolidated Edison later agreed to pay $153 million to settle charges after the state's Public Service Commission found Con Ed violated state safety regulations.

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When it comes to leaks, though, Columbia Gas is doing better than National Grid. "More than 500 resources from several affiliated Columbia Gas companies and other utilities are now mobilizing to provide assistance".

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