Dead, Hundreds Evacuated After Dozens Of Gas Explosions Near Boston

Teenager killed as 'gas explosions' set homes ablaze

Lawrence Mayor Daniel Rivera said residents won't be allowed to return home until crews inspect every home and make sure there are no more gas leaks. It was not clear how many people lost their homes permanently due to fire damage.

Dozens of homes were set alight by suspected gas explosions in MA last night, killing an 18-year-old man. A hospital spokesperson told CNN one person is in critical condition, and another patient is listed as serious.

At least three people have been injured in Andover, including one firefighter and two civilians, town officials said in a statement. He also described how the company told the three communities to evacuate all residents and to cut electricity last night. A neighbor ran over and said: "Tyler, you need to get out of there now".

Explosions and fires rocked almost 40 homes and businesses in three MA towns on Thursday, leaving at least six people injured, including two in critical condition.

The Essex County District Attorney's office identified the victim as 18-year-old Leonel Rondon, who died at Mass General Hospital around 8:30 p.m. after being injured in a house explosion, Mass Live reorted.

Andover officials said they extinguished all 35 fires in their town after authorities struck a 10-alarm response, its maximum traditional fire response.

At the peak of the situation, they say 18 fires were burning at the same time in Andover.

He ran downstairs and discovered his boiler on fire - and minutes later, he heard a loud boom from his neighbour's house, causing the ground to shake.

Fire crews from around MA and Southern New Hampshire worked together Thursday to extinguish the dozens of fires that broke out throughout the afternoon and evening.

Lawrence city councilor Marc Leplante told the Guardian: "It's just wall to wall fire trucks from all over, and rows of ambulances and command trucks".

Live TV images showed firefighters battling blazes in the former mill towns of Lawrence, Andover and North Andover, about 25 miles (40 km) north of the MA capital.

At least four people are being treated for injuries after a series of fires north of Boston that authorities blame on a natural gas issue. But they recommend using "extreme caution", and to call 911 immediately if you smell gas or other odors.

Local media say the first of a series of explosions was triggered by an overpressurised gas line.

- A 2011 natural gas explosion killed five people in Allentown, Pennsylvania, and that state's largest gas utility was fined by regulators, who called the company's safety record "downright alarming".

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

Columbia Gas earlier Thursday put out a news release saying it was upgrading natural gas lines in neighborhoods across the state, with a focus on enhanced safety features. "It was not clear whether work was happening there Thursday, and a spokeswoman did not immediately comment".

State Police say they have confirmed fires at 39 locations but warn the number will grow.

Massachusetts State Police urged all residents with homes serviced by Columbia Gas in the three communities to evacuate, snarling traffic and causing widespread confusion as residents and local officials struggled to understand what was happening.

"I have been in the fire service for nearly 39 years and I have never seen anything like this in my entire career", Andover Fire Rescue Chief Michael Mansfield said.

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

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