About 20 Boston-area houses on fire after suspected gas explosions
Emergency crews are responding to what they believe is a series of gas explosions that have damaged homes across three communities north of Boston.
Methuen police Chief Joseph Solomon says there are 20 to 25 homes on fire in nearby Lawrence. Solomon said, from Lawrence, there are so many fires "you can't even see the sky."
Confirmed fires/explosions plotted on map by MSP Watch Center. As seen, incidents are across a wide swath of dozens of blocks across Lawrence and North Andover. <a href="https://t.co/0GoLK0Q94q">pic.twitter.com/0GoLK0Q94q</a>—@MassStatePolice
Numerous evacuations of neighborhoods where there are gas odors are underway. Far too early to speculate on cause. Joint investigation will be conducted when situation is stabilized.—@MassStatePolice
The Eagle-Tribune newspaper in neighbouring North Andover reports at least one home has been demolished and several others have caught fire amid a problem with a gas line that feeds homes in Andover, North Andover and Lawrence.
Massachusetts State Police say troopers are responding to help secure areas after "multiple suspected gas explosions."
Lawrence police Chief Roy Vasque told the Eagle-Tribune that he's "never seen anything like this."
Police said that some neighbourhoods were being evacuated.
It was not immediately clear whether there were any injuries.