REPORT: ‘It looked like Armageddon’: Three towns rocked by fires and gas explosions (Videos)

BY ANNETA GRIFFEE / SEPTEMBER 14, 2018 /

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BOSTON—Fires and explosions broke out at dozens of homes shortly after 5 p.m. Thursday 25 miles north of Boston, leaving officials scrambling to contain a wide-ranging emergency across three communities.

Officials said the cause of the events in Lawrence, a dense city of 80,000 people on the Merrimack River, and two quieter suburbs nearby, appeared to be related to a natural gas pipeline. Officials rushed to shut off both gas and electricity service to several towns to prevent additional fires.

“I’ve been in the fire service for almost 39 years, and I’ve never seen anything like this in my entire career. It looked like Armageddon,” Andover Fire Chief Michael Mansfield said at a news conference Thursday night. “It just looked like an absolute war zone.”

The article goes on to state the following:

Massachusetts State Police said emergency crews had responded to fires, explosions or investigations of gas odors at 70 locations.

Lawrence General Hospital said it was “treating 10 patients from the gas-line explosion,” one of whom was in critical condition. “Cases range from smoke inhalation to traumatic blast injuries,” the hospital said.

In Andover, there had been at least four injuries, including two firefighters with non-life-threatening injuries, the fire chief said.

Addressing reporters alongside local mayors, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker said the area was still an “active scene” late Thursday. He said authorities were focused on making sure the communities would be able to get through the night without any power or lights, because utilities had been turned off.

Many residents have been evacuated and directed to local schools or senior centers, he added.

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