Gas explosions cause multiple fires across Massachusetts cities

LAWRENCE (CBS/WVLT) -- Several fires are burning in the select Massachusetts areas after a reported issue with a high pressure gas main.

Massachusetts State Police and the Fire Marshal’s office say they are responding to multiple suspected gas explosions and fires in Lawrence, North Andover and Andover. No injuries have been reported.

State Police say they have responded to at least 17 different addresses.

Lawrence Mayor Dan Rivera says the issue appears to be in the southeast part of the city. He says all residents should evacuate their homes if they smell gas.

“What we know is that there have been multiple explosions, multiple fires that are happening across the city,” Rivera told WBZ. “What we need folks to do is that if it’s happening in your home, you have a funny smell, just evacuate, come out to the street.”

WBZ-TV’s Kristina Rex says Andover Police sent out an automated phone call telling residents to evacuate their homes and turn off the gas.

North Andover Police told residents and businesses with gas service to exit their buildings until further notice.

The area is covered by Columbia for gas, but National Grid for electric. National Grid says their electric crews are responding to assist.