(Reuters)

A minimum of 4 individuals had been injured in Massachusetts Thursday evening after a collection of fuel explosions tore via a number of communities outdoors of Boston, officers mentioned.

Preliminary numbers estimate that between 60 to 100 properties within the Merrimack Valley caught fireplace within the cities of Lawrence, Andover and North Andover, Methuen Police Chief Joseph Soloman mentioned.

State Police (MSP) confirmed on Twitter that at the least 70 places had been affected by fires, explosions and “investigations of fuel odor.”

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Residents within the aforementioned cities which can be serviced by Columbia Fuel of Massachusetts “ought to evacuate their properties instantly in the event that they haven’t already finished so,” police suggested. Fuel service was shut down by the corporate to roughly 8,000 clients.

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“Quite a few evacuations of neighborhoods the place there are fuel odors are underway,” MSP tweeted. Columbia Fuel was working to depressurize its fuel traces, which “will take a while,” whereas Nationwide Grid lower electrical energy to the three cities “to restrict spark-started fires.”

Solomon — who famous there have been no fires in Methuen however the city’s first responders aided areas in want — mentioned that in Lawrence alone, there have been roughly 20 to 25 properties on fireplace. He mentioned there have been so many fires “you may’t even see the sky.”

Within the city of Andover, firefighters responded to 35 fires complete — all of which have been extinguished. “At peak, 18 fires had been burning on the similar time,” metropolis police mentioned.

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Native officers mentioned at the least one firefighter and two civilians had been injured within the “gas-related fires.”

The North Andover Police Division suggested residents with fuel service of their properties or companies to “please exit the constructing till additional discover.”

Some residents had been evacuated from their properties to senior facilities and center colleges as officers investigated the state of affairs, police mentioned.



Firefighters inspect a home after gas explosions on September 13, 2018 in North Andover, Massachusetts. Gas explosions in three communities north of Boston have left multiple homes on fire.


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Firefighters examine a house after fuel explosions on September 13, 2018 in North Andover, Massachusetts. Fuel explosions in three communities north of Boston have left a number of properties on fireplace.

Merrimack School, which is positioned in North Andover, suggested that “in an over abundance of warning,” college students and school wanted to evacuate all buildings on campus, however later mentioned all buildings had been “secure for re-entry.”

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Gov. Charlie Baker’s workplace mentioned the governor is “actively monitoring the conditions within the Merrimack Valley and is speaking with first responders and public security officers.”

The Columbia Fuel firm introduced earlier Thursday that it could be upgrading fuel traces in neighborhoods throughout the state, together with the world the place the explosions occurred. It was not clear whether or not work was taking place there Thursday, and a spokeswoman didn’t instantly remark.

Fox Information’ Andrew Fone and The Related Press contributed to this report.

Gallery: Fuel explosions set greater than 60 properties ablaze north of Boston (Washington Publish)

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