VOA: Gas Explosion Ignites Dozens of Homes North of Boston14 September 2018 | 06:20 | FOCUS News Agency
Live TV images showed firefighters battling blazes in Lawrence, Andover and North Andover, around 25 miles (40 km) north of the Massachusetts capital. The streets were darkened after utility crews cut off electricity and began shutting down gas service to the area to prevent further blasts.
At least three people, including one firefighter, were hurt in Andover, the town said in a statement. Six people were being treated at Lawrence General Hospital, spokeswoman Jill McDonald Halsey said. It was not immediately clear if any of those were from Andover.
The Boston affiliate of CBS News reported that two of the six patients at Lawrence hospital were in critical condition.
Fire investigators suspect “over-pressurization of a gas main” led to the series of blasts and fires, Andover Fire Chief Michael Mansfield said at a news conference.
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