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September 13 2018 -major gas line explosions in Lawrence, North Andover and Andover MA- 3 explosions occurred in some 60-80 homes had some type of fire from minor to disastrous. One fatality at one of the fires on Chickering Street. The first fire I went to was on Jefferson Street. When I arrived only a few Police were on scene. It was almost 20 minutes before the 1st due truck (Lowell Ladder 3) arrived followed by two more truck companies. As they were preparing to tie into a hydrant, Lowell Engine 3 arrived on scene. This was the home of a new police officer. Once he found out his family was safe, he returned to duty to help aid the resident's of his city.
We moved a few blocks away to the other fire on Brookfield St where it had been burning for sometime. Boston Fire arrived on this street to assist with 4 engines and 1 ladder and District Chief's 3 & 9. We walked to another reported cellar fire 2 streets over but the fire was put out by the owner.
This was one of the largest Fire Task Force assembled since the Lynn, MA confligration back in November 1981.
Crazy night afterwards driving around the city in darkness. As the city had no power.
City officials are saying it could be weeks before some can return to their homes.
The pressure in natural gas pipelines prior to a series of explosions and fires in Massachusetts last week was 12 times higher than it should have been according to officials. “The federal Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration has reported that the pressure in the Columbia Gas system should have been around 0.5 pounds per square inch (PSI), but readings in the area reached at least 6 PSI — twelve times higher than the system was intended to hold,” the letter said.
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