One person has been killed and at least 10 people have been injured in the fires that broke out in a string of towns north of Boston. (Source: WHDH/CNN)
(RNN) – A man was killed and at least 10 people were injured after dozens of house fires broke out in a string of communities north of Boston Thursday evening due to an unspecified issue with gas lines.
The fires primarily hit Columbia Gas customers in Lawrence, Andover, and North Andover.
The Associated Press reported that Leonel Rondon, 18, of Lawrence, died after the chimney of an exploding house crashed onto his car. He was pronounced dead at a Boston hospital Thursday evening.
The AP also reported that fires were ignited in at least 39 homes.
Massachusetts State Police had earlier tweeted that there were 70 "responses to fires/explosions/investigations of gas odor." They were evacuating multiple neighborhoods and restricting access to the area.
The town of Andover said at least three people were injured there, including a firefighter.
“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,” state police tweeted.
“Gas lines are currently being depressurized by the company; it will take some time.”
MSP Fusion Center has current updated tally of responses to fires/explosions/investigations of gas odor at 70. Spread over wide swath of south #Lawrence and northern part of #NorthAndover with several others across Merrimack River in north Lawrence. pic.twitter.com/a7kBYaWFrJ