Massachusetts gas explosions: Teenager dead, multiple injured as at least 60 to 100 homes on fire, evacuations ordered
The state police tweetes that they were responding to 17 separate addresses for fire and explosion. It is not immediately clear how many people have been injured in the explosions.
Massachusetts emergency services were responding to a series of "suspected gas explosions" in multiple communities outside of Boston on Thursday evening. Reports state that there have been over 60 explosions in the area which have left the resident unable to "see the sky" because of the billowing smoke from the houses.
Massachusetts State Police (MSP), shortly after the incident, tweeted that their troopers were on the scene at "17 separate addresses for fire, explosion, or investigation" in the towns of Lawrence, Andover, and North Andover, according to reports.
Latest reports state that one teenager has died in the incident and multiple people have been reported injured. The injured were taken to the Lawrence General Hospital; the doctors did not release details severity of the injuries.
The authorities also advised the residents of these towns, which are serviced by Columbia Gas of Massachusetts, to "evacuate their homes immediately if they have not already done so."
"Numerous evacuations of neighborhoods where there are gas odors are underway," the state police tweeted on Thursday evening, adding that although it is too early "to speculate on the cause" of the explosion, the gas company Columbia Gas has been asked to depressurize its gas lines, which "will take some time."
Lawrence MA.— julissa (@jliss1979) September 13, 2018
Gas explosión, múltiple houses on fine. This one is on Market Street pic.twitter.com/beHML8Sq9j
An "estimate between 60 to 100 homes in the Merrimack Valley caught fire in the towns of Lawrence, Andover, and North Andover," Fox News reported Methuen Police Chief Joseph Soloman as saying.
Residents in the affected towns of Lawrence/North Andover/Andover who have gas service from Columbia Gas should evacuate their homes immediately if they have not already done so. Gas lines are currently being depressurized by the company it will take some time.— Mass State Police (@MassStatePolice) September 13, 2018
The chief added that there have been no reported incidents of explosions and fires in Methuen, however, the emergency officials of the town are sending assistance to the nearby region who need their aid at this time.
The North Andover Police Department also issued an advisory, asking the residents with gas service in their houses and business to evacuate their buildings until further notice.
It was not immediately clear how many people were injured in the incident.
National Grid has issued an announcement, saying it will cut off all electricity in Andover, North Andover and Lawrence in an effort to curb the fires.
Latest reports state that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has sent its officials at the scene to be of assistance. However, there have been no further information provided yet concerning their role in the cases.
Confirmed fires/explosions plotted on map by MSP Watch Center. As seen, incidents are across a wide swath of dozens of blocks across Lawrence and North Andover. pic.twitter.com/0GoLK0Q94q— Mass State Police (@MassStatePolice) September 13, 2018
On the approach to Lawrence MA, multiple gas fires underway ... pic.twitter.com/8JLOLl4Imi— Bill Sheerin (@AssignGuy) September 13, 2018
This is a developing story. More updates on the incident are awaited.