At least 39 homes and buildings and homes have either suffered major damage from a gas explosion or fire, according to local authorities.
Multiple 10 Alarm incidents have been struck in Lawerance, Andover, and North Andover Massachusetts.
Governor has ordered firefighters from across the state to the area.
Power has been shut off for all three towns.
Statement form police
OFFICIAL TOWN OF ANDOVER RELEASE:
Town Manager Andrew P. Flanagan, Police Chief Patrick E. Keefe, and Fire Chief Michael Mansfield report that the Town of Andover is currently involved in a major gas-related emergency.
At 5:01 p.m., Andover Fire-Rescue Department struck a 10-alarm response, its maximum traditional fire response. That directed 20 fire engines and 10 fire ladder trucks to the Town of Andover plus the town’s entire fire department. However, a lot of those resources were diverted by concurrent 10-alarm situations in Lawrence and North Andover.
Chief Michael Mansfield requested through the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency, two additional fire task forces to respond to Andover. This sent an additional 20 engines and ladder trucks total to Andover. Chief Mansfield also requested an ambulance task force, sending 10 ambulances to Andover.
Andover responded and put out 35 total fires in Andover. At peak, 18 fires were burning at the same time. ALL FIRES HAVE BEEN EXTINGUISHED, however fire crews will remain in Andover throughout the evening.
These are gas-related fires. Columbia Gas is working to shut off gas service, and we will re-evaluate from there.
At least three people have been injured in Andover, including one firefighter and at least two civilians.
Chief Keefe notes that police resources from throughout Massachusetts have responded to Andover, including the Northeastern Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council (NEMLEC) Rapid Response Team, the NEMLEC Motor Unit, and the Massachusetts State Police. Chief Mansfield is grateful for the response of so many agencies including MEMA, The State Fire Marshal’s Office, and fire departments from as far away as Boston, Needham, and Belmont.
The Andover Senior Center and Andover Youth Center have been open for residents who have been displaced. Additional facilities may be opened if necessary.
More information will be provided as soon as it becomes available. Updates will be made at www.andoverma.gov and on the town’s Facebook and Twitter feeds.
Major Gas Leak in North Andover: If you have gas in your residence, we recommend you evacuate your residence.
LAST UPDATED: SEPTEMBER 13, 2018 – 6:20PM
North Andover Alert: If you have gas in your residence, we recommend you evacuate your residence. If you have nowhere to go, Red Cross will be at the North Andover High School. Updates will be provided on North Andover Social Media and Website.
— North Andover (@north_andover) September 13, 2018