Three neighbourhoods burst into flames after horror gas line explosion

EPA-EFE  REX  Shutterstock Firefighters gain entrance into a house through a basement window to check the gas line in Lawrence Massachusetts USA 13 September 2018. A series of reported gas explosions in

"Our top priority is the safety of the public, our customers, and our employees, and while we are sending support teams, we continue to retain the resources we need to serve our customers", Akley said. Lawrence resident Ra Nam told WCVB that a boiler in his house caught fire. Students were waiting outside buildings for the gas to be shut off.

Eighteen-year-old Leonel Rondon died when his auto was crushed by a falling chimney, a spokeswoman for the Essex County District Attorney's office said. Rondon was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Evacuations are now underway, forcing entire neighbourhoods to clear the area as crews scramble to douse the flames and shut off gas and electric lines in an attempt to prevent further damage. Hundreds spent the night in shelters, and school was cancelled as families waited to return to their homes.

"This has been an overwhelming event", Mansfield told reporters, saying that fire companies responding to blazes were putting one house fire out only to discover another house on fire as they finished their work.

"I respect the governor's judgement", Bryant said.

Mayor Daniel Rivera of Lawrence, one of the affected towns, said of the company, "It just seemed like there's no one in charge, like they're in the weeds, and they've never seen this before".

People cover their faces to protect themselves from heavy smoke.

Authorities said all of the fires had been extinguished overnight and the situation was stabilizing. Gov. Charlie Baker said 8,000 customers' power was affected.

The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency blamed the fires on gas lines that had become over-pressurized but also said investigators were still examining what happened.

According to a release from Columbia Gas, the company was upgrading natural gas lines in neighborhoods across the state, with a focus on enhanced safety features.

It is believed the explosions were caused by gas leaks.

The new Apple Watch is FDA-approved to test your heart
As before, the dual cameras include a wide-angle and a telephoto lens, with are both equipped with optical image stabilisation. On the front, it has a 7-megapixel camera that is capable of Face ID and portrait mode photography.

The streets were darkened after nightfall with power cut off to the area as a precaution.

Massachusetts State Police say troopers have been dispatched to the areas as panicked residents attempt to flee their neighbourhoods amid the afternoon rush hour.

How will I know when I can go home?

. "It's total destruction. I'd be completely devastated". Just a few streets down, he said, homes were burning.

Some 70 fires, explosions or investigations of gas odour had been reported, Massachusetts State Police said.

In Lawrence, a man whose neighbourhood was among dozens that erupted in fire says he ran into his basement to find that the room was glowing.

It was not immediately clear whether those injured were different from the four victims with fire-related injuries taken to Lawrence General Hospital.

A gas explosion destroyed this home in Lawrence, Sept. 13, 2018.

Aerial footage of the area showed some homes that appeared to be torn apart by blasts. Solomon, who responded to Lawrence to help, said there are so many fires "you can't even see the sky".

In the same news conference, Rivera blasted Columbia Gas for wasting time and not communicating to officials what caused the explosions and fires. Lawrence, the largest of them, is a majority Latino city with a population of about 80,000.

Don't turn off gas to your house or to any appliances if you smell gas. State officials said Columbia Gas was working to ease pressure on gas lines following the fires.

In 2014, a gas explosion in New York City's East Harlem neighborhood killed eight people and injured about 50. A spokeswoman for the company did not immediately return calls.

Related News:

  • Russian Federation  stages world’s largest military drills, North Atlantic Treaty Organisation  anxious

    Russian Federation stages world’s largest military drills, North Atlantic Treaty Organisation anxious

    The Chinese media described the country's involvement as its largest-ever dispatch of forces overseas for war games. The week-long war games "have kicked off" in far eastern Russia, AFP quoted Russia's defence ministry as saying.
    Last-minute iPhone leaks pop-up before Apple's event

    Last-minute iPhone leaks pop-up before Apple's event

    The trend extends to the next-generation Apple Watch, called Series 4, with screens that are more than 30% larger. Wall Street is targeting a price of $1,049 or $1,099 versus the current $999 base price for the iPhone X .
    Flights halted after man speeds onto France airport runway

    Flights halted after man speeds onto France airport runway

    After continuing for a few metres the driver then abandons the vehicle while it is still moving and tries to flee on foot. The incident prompted the suspension of all flights in and out of Lyon Saint-Exupery airport, France's third largest.
  • Nintendo sets a start date for Switch online service

    Nintendo sets a start date for Switch online service

    It'll be free for the first week but after that it'll cost £3.49 a month, £6.99 for three months, or £17.99 for a year. All newcomers to the service can test it out with a one-week free trial via the Switch eShop.
    Hurricane Florence upgraded again, now Category 4 storm

    Hurricane Florence upgraded again, now Category 4 storm

    Ralph Northam declared a state of emergency Saturday as communities up and down the East Coast monitor Tropical Storm Florence . The state Emergency Management Division said residents should begin preparing their homes and property for the storm.
    Steve Yzerman to step down as Lightning GM, report says

    Steve Yzerman to step down as Lightning GM, report says

    According to TSN's Bob McKenzie, Yzerman will remain with the organization through this season, the final year of his contract. In his eight seasons at the helm of the team, the Lightning have made the postseason on five occasions, winning nine rounds.
  • NASA showed how it looks from space a hurricane

    NASA showed how it looks from space a hurricane "Florence"

    NASA called the view - captured by cameras on the International Space Station - "stark and sobering". For the Carolinas, the NHC predicts a "life-threatening storm surge and rainfall".
    UEFA Nations League Report: Spain v Croatia 11 September 2018

    UEFA Nations League Report: Spain v Croatia 11 September 2018

    Lovren was fantastic alongside Vida at the World Cup, and earned his place in the official team of the tournament. La Roja now top Group four in League A with six points, followed by England and Croatia respectively.
    Ex-PM Nawaz Sharif’s wife dies in London

    Ex-PM Nawaz Sharif’s wife dies in London

    Maryam had said in the past that her mother "dauntlessly challenged the usurper (Pervez Musharraf) when a lot of men backed out". The three-time first lady was diagnosed with lymphoma, a form of cancer that affects the immune system, in August a year ago .
  • Meghan Markle's Sister Samantha Unleashes on Duchess With Profanity-Laced Nickname

    The Duchess of Sussex is frequently seen placing her hand in the small of Harry's lower back - appearing to gently guide him during their public engagements.
    Hurricane Florence Path Toward the East Coast Triggers States' Price-Gouging Laws

    Hurricane Florence Path Toward the East Coast Triggers States' Price-Gouging Laws

    "Once Florence moves inland, it's going to dump tremendous amounts of rain on the Carolinas and Virginia ", Eck said . The storm was traveling west at 6 miles per hour and had maximum sustained winds of 70 miles per hour .

    Ariana Grande tried to help Mac Miller get sober

    Grande posted a tribute to Miller on Instagram and disabled her comments after trolls blamed her for Miller's apparent overdose . However, one of his friends , Shane Powers , is speaking out about they have it all wrong on his podcast The Shane Show .


Most liked

Florence weakens to Category 2 hurricane but still life-threatening: NHC
Calls for help kept coming in as the wind picked up and the tide arrived, said city public information officer Colleen Roberts. Parts of the Carolinas could see 50 cm to 76 cm, with isolated areas getting 101 cm, over seven days along the coast.

Manafort pleads guilty, will cooperate with special counsel
Last month, Paul Manafort was found guilty on eight of eighteen counts of fraud by a jury in the Eastern District of Virginia. He led the campaign in mid-2016 when Trump was selected as the Republican presidential nominee at the party convention.

Russians Accused in UK Poisoning: 'Coincidence' They Were in Salisbury
British police used surveillance camera footage from airports, transit stations, and elsewhere to outline the pair's movements. The pair said their lives were turned upside down after they were publicly named by United Kingdom police.

Vijay Mallya sensational comments: Met Arun Jaitley before leaving India
Arun Jaitley should step down as Finance Minister while this probe is underway", the Congress chief tweeted. As he headed inside the court, Mallya told reporters that he had offered a "comprehensive" settlement.

Hurricane Florence: Your guide to the story
Tropical storm conditions are possible within the tropical storm watch areas, also beginning later this morning local time. A hurricane warning was issued for South Santee River, SC, north to Duck, NC, and the Albemarle and Pamlico Sounds.

FDA puts e-cigarette companies on notice over teen access
Now, Gottlieb is coordinating the largest scale initiative to enforce regulations against selling e-cigarettes to-date. Makers argue that e-cigarettes can help adult smokers transition away from burnt tobacco products.

'60 Minutes' chief Jeff Fager fired over policy violation
Rhodes' action against Fager also exacerbated the longstanding tensions between " 60 Minutes " and the rest of the news division. In November, the company fired longtime TV personality Charlie Rose over allegations of harassment.

Google's Inbox app days are numbered
Like you can use Stars, custom labels, or use Gmail search if you used Pins in Inbox. Google will remove Gmail Offline from the Chrome Web Store on December 3, 2018.

Apple Keynote 2018: Apple Watch Series 4 Revealed With Release Date, Price
Apple Watch Series 4 will be available in aluminum and stainless-steel finishes in both GPS and GPS + Cellular configurations. The data is reliable enough to be used for medical purposes, although the feature won't be available until later this year.

Russian Federation has identified suspects in UK Novichok poisoning, Putin says
The two suspects named by the United Kingdom as being behind the Novichok poisonings have been found in Russian Federation . They were described as being about 40 years old and believed to be travelling under fake names.

Isaac Degrades To Tropical Storm; Helene's Forecast Sends It Away From Caribbean
Ilija Cesal told the newspaper he wouldn't worry about buying extra water or other supplies for a few more days. Isaac could become a hurricane on later today or by Monday morning. "We just happen to be right in the middle".

Barack Obama returns to campaign trail, but will he succeed?
Obama even brought up Trump's refusal to stand up to white supremacists who marched in Charlottesville, Virginia, in August 2017. Next week, he'll return to the campaign trail in OH to campaign for Richard Cordray and other Democrats.

How Hurricane Florence could affect New England
She said her house, built in 2009 in Buxton, North Carolina, is on a ridge and built to withstand a hurricane. If you are in these areas, or have ties there, take the warning and evacuation orders seriously.

US willing to talk with China: White House adviser
China plans to tax an additional $60 billion in U.S. products if the Trump administration expands its hit list by $200 billion. He pointed out that 23 per cent of the impending tariffs on US$200 billion of Chinese imports targeted consumer products.

Free Agent WR Dez Bryant Tweets About Joining Patriots
And that predictably brought the focus back to Dez Bryant. "I think they are going to be dominant", he said. It's hard to break things down as simply as that, but it certainly wouldn't have hurt this team.