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 Post subject: 'There are so many fires, you can't see the sky'
PostPosted: Thu Sep 13, 2018 7:44 pm 
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https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/articl ... s-sky.html

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'There are so many fires, you can't see the sky': Up to 50 properties EXPLODE in flames in three Boston suburbs after 'gas main meltdown' - as residents are told, if you smell gas 'get out now!'

    60 to 100 fires are being reported in Lawrence, Andover and North Andover
    Officials said problems with the natural gas system caused multiple explosions
    Methuen Police Chief said there are so man fires 'you can't even see the sky'
    Police are urging residents to leave their homes if they smell gas and said residents with Columbia Gas service should evacuate immediately
    At least one home has been demolished, according to local media outlets
    State police said that the power company would be shutting off power to all of Lawrence, North Andover and Andover 'to assist in the gas situation'

By ASSOCIATED PRESS and MINYVONNE BURKE FOR DAILYMAIL.COM

PUBLISHED: 17:36 EDT, 13 September 2018 | UPDATED: 19:27 EDT, 13 September 2018

Officials in Massachusetts say there are 60 to 100 fires burning in Lawrence, Andover and North Andover after problems with the natural gas system.

Methuen Police Chief Joseph Solomon said multiple people have been hurt but did not specify the extent of their injuries.

The Massachusetts State Police said in a tweet on Thursday that residents in the affected areas who have gas service from Columbia Gas 'should evacuate their homes immediately if they have not done so'.

If residents who don't have service from Columbia smell gas in their home they are urged to leave.

'Gas lines are currently being depressurized by the company it will take some time,' police said.

In a follow-up, the state police said that the power company would be shutting off power to all of Lawrence, North Andover and Andover 'to assist in the gas situation'.

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Lt. Edward Guy, spokesman for the Andover Police Department, said: 'There are multiple basement fires in Andover. It's some kind of gas issue. We urge residents if they are smelling gas to get out of the house and contact 911. We will get units out there.'

Residents in Andover received a robo call on Thursday asking them to shut off the gas in their homes.

According to The Eagle Tribune, officials have alerted Holy Family Hospital in Methuen to expect multiple admissions.

Solomon said there are so many fires 'you can't even see the sky'. The fires have destroyed at least 50 homes, according to reports.

An emergency operations center has been set up at the Public Safety Complex in Andover and an emergency system protocol has been enacted.

Officials are using Merrimack Valley Regional Transit Authority buses as evacuation vehicles.



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PostPosted: Thu Sep 13, 2018 8:10 pm 
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They should never have hired that guy Achmed.

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 13, 2018 9:48 pm 
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Lets hope it doesn't spread to the heating oil tanks!

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From the Boston Globe:

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At least one person died in Lawrence, according to the Essex District Attorney’s office. The man, Leonel Rondon, 18, was sitting in a car on Chickering Road in Lawrence when a chimney from a house explosion fell on the car.


Damn....killed by a chimney.

At least 39 buildings/homes blown/burned up...man killed by chimney; The natural gas utility (Columbia Gas?) Provider or their insurance company will have to open their checkbooks on this one.

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