MA officials briefing on gas explosion latest

In this image take from video provided by WCVB in Boston flames consume the roof of a home in Lawrence Mass a suburb of Boston

In this image take from video provided by WCVB in Boston flames consume the roof of a home in Lawrence Mass a suburb of Boston

"We are focused on providing as much support as possible to our customers, residents and communities", the company said in the statement.

"Certainly we will interview that pipeline controller", he said.

A technician who punctured a gas line was to blame for this 2012 blast in Springfield that destroyed a nightclub and damaged almost a dozen other buildings and injured 17 people.

Hundreds of people were evacuated on Thursday evening, with gas and electricity services cut to try and prevent further incidents.

"It looked like Armageddon, it really did", said Andover Fire Rescue Chief Michael B. Mansfield.

Leonel Rondon, an 18-year-old from Lawrence, died after an explosion sent a chimney crashing into his vehicle, the Associated Press reported. He later died at the hospital, authorities said.

In April, Columbia Gas filed a petition with the state's Department of Public Utilities to increase annual revenues by $24.1 million in part to help the company replace aging infrastructure. A final report could take up to two years.

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There is no evidence that anything nefarious contributed to the fires, Sumwalt said.

Columbia Gas has had seven violations totaling $100,000 since 2010, according to an email from Peter Lorenz, communications director for Massachusetts's Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs.

At least 25 people were treated for injuries.

The entirety of South Lawrence is still under an evacuation warning, Mayor Dan Rivera said Friday morning.

Residents, he said, they should make sure to keep lists of any expenses they incurred from their displacement whether it's spoiled groceries and broken appliances or child care and lost wages. The remaining displaced residents, which officials say are in the thousands, likely stayed with friends and family, Red Cross spokesman Jeff Hall said.

Baker added that much more work remains in the recovery effort.

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