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Andoverֱs first call came in Thursday afternoon at 4:19 for a stove fire at Grassfields restaurant on North Main Street.

A stove fire. Fairly routine.

But within two minutes a barrage of fire calls flooded dispatch. Andover Fire Chief Michael Mansfield was driving in Methuen, monitoring his emergency communications on his way home.

Similar emergencies blared from the radio: reports of fires breaking out in Lawrence and North Andover, too.

What was going on?

What ensued was 38 fires in Andover. Many of them rising from basements. Similar fires broke out in North Andover.

Lawrence was hit the hardest. A teenager died as a result of an explosion. Dozens of people were injured. Fires roared amid gas explosions ֱ not on one street, not in one neighborhood but across a city and two towns. Read moreSeeking order from chaos: The story of three harrowing days of explosions, fire and fear

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LAWRENCE ֱ Mayor Dan Rivera and Columbia Gas are at odds over who was responsible for the gas main break Friday as well as several other details surrounding the incident.

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LAWRENCE ֱ Hundreds of people spent hours waiting in line in the parking lot behind St. Patrick Church at 118 S. Broadway Monday, filing claims for lost food, wages, profit and inventory due to last weekֱs gas main break that forced the evacuation of dozens of homes and businesses for more t…

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Columbia Gas will be setting up a claims center on Monday, Sept. 30 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the parking lot at St. Patrickֱs Church at 118 S. Broadway in Lawrence for residents and business owners impacted by Fridayֱs gas leak.

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LAWRENCE - The remaining residents evacuated from their homes after a gas leak in South Lawrence early Friday morning were allowed to return home on Saturday, as Columbia Gas was going door-to-door restoring service.

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LAWRENCE ֱ A police officer working a detail on South Broadway heard the hiss of natural gas and saw smoke shooting into the air. It was the beginning of a major gas leak that would force South Lawrence residents out of their homes and into early morning darkness Friday.

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LAWRENCE ֱ A water contractor working for the city on routine checks of water valves in preparation for paving "inadvertently closed a gas valve, puncturing an active gas main," according to a statement issued Friday night by Mayor Dan Rivera, the state Department of Public Utilities, and Co…

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Gov. Charlie Baker, Lawrence Mayor Dan Rivera, Lawrence Fire Chief Brian Moriarty, and Columbia gas of Massachusettes President Mark Kempic give an update on the massive gas leak in Lawrence on Sept. 27, 2019.

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A Salem Superior Court judge will be asked next month to approve a $143 million settlement for victims of the Sept. 13, 2018 gas disaster in the Merrimack Valley towns of Andover, North Andover and Lawrence. 

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BOSTON (AP) ֱ Roughly 175,000 residents and business owners would benefit from a $143 million class action settlement from last September's natural gas explosions in Massachusetts, according to a legal brief.

ANDOVER -- Hours after the National Transportation Safety Board said Columbia Gas was not prepared to handle the disaster that happened on Sept. 13, 2018, and had no maps of the gas system available for first responders, the Select Board approved a request from the gas utility to conduct add…

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WASHINGTON, D.C. - The following are the findings reached by National Transportation Safety Board in their investigation into the Sept. 13, 2018 gas disaster in the Merrimack Valley communities of Andover, North Andover and Lawrence. 

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BOSTON ֱ One year after gas fires and explosions ripped through the Merrimack Valley, lawmakers are still pushing to require gas utilities to assign experienced technicians to monitor gas pressure in the lines during work.

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ANDOVER ֱ The Select Board called upon Columbia Gas representatives at the Monday night meeting to provide a safety presentation before members will vote on additional gas main replacement work the utility is seeking to do.

LAWRENCE ֱ- An appreciation dinner for first-responders involved in the Sept. 13, 2018 Merrimack Valley gas disaster has been cancelled by Lawrence Mayor Daniel Rivera after Lawrence firefighters said they would picket and boycott the event this week.

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ANDOVER ֱReplacing over 18,500 appliances in homes in the Merrimack Valley was no small feat. It took months of coordination, and some days over 200 people were working to remove and replace appliances in the homes of Columbia Gas customers in the area.

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As the new fall season of sports kicks off in the Merrimack Valley, coaches and athletes are coasting through tryouts, practices and games free from disruption ֱ unlike last fall.

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A team of attorneys say they are close to putting money in the hands of thousands of Merrimack Valley residents and business owners blindsided by disaster a year ago.

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NORTH ANDOVER ֱ According to the town website, the moderate threat of mosquito virus Eastern Equine Encephalitis ֱ or 'EEE' for short ֱ in the community has prompted officials to cancel the town's block party and remembrance of the Columbia gas disaster last year.

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LAWRENCE ֱ Fire and heavy smoke smoldered at 274 Haverhill St. for several hours Wednesday, less than two days before a married couple planned to move into a first-floor unit, according to family members at the scene.

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LAWRENCE ֱ In an effort to have more students show up for school every day and on time, the district has revamped its attendance policy, in some ways making it stricter but in other ways giving more chances to tardy or truant students who might otherwise just give up and drop out.

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LAWRENCE ֱ A group of disgruntled South Lawrence business owners packed into a hair salon on South Broadway Friday afternoon, asking Mayor Dan Rivera how they can recoup their losses from the ongoing impact of the Sept. 13, 2018 natural gas explosions and fires.

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Lawyers spearheading multiple class-action lawsuits following the Merrimack Valley gas disaster last September have reached an agreement in principle with Columbia Gas on behalf of residents and businesses in Lawrence, Andover and North Andover.

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BOSTON ֱ The law firm which represented the family of Leonel Rondon, the 18-year-old Lawrence man who was killed in the Sept. 13 Merrimack Valley gas explosions, will set up a scholarship in his name.

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NORTH ANDOVER ֱ Officials huddled outside Rose & Dove Gift Shop Tuesday morning to detail a new regional marketing campaign that will boost small businesses still struggling from the Sept. 13 gas disaster. They also provided an update on business recovery efforts.

ANDOVER ֱ With just one vote in opposition, Town Manager Andrew Flanagan's recommended plan on how to spend the $20.8 million from the settlement with Columbia Gas overwhelmingly passed at Wednesday night's Special Town Meeting.

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LAWRENCE ֱ Mayor Daniel Rivera on Friday released a $319 budget proposal for the city and schools that would hold the property tax rate flat while relying on new revenues to hire as many as two dozen new employees ֱ half of them police officers ֱ open the library on weekends and significantl…

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Lawrence Mayor Daniel Rivera said the $80 million that Columbia Gas is giving the three communities affected by the gas disaster covers their financial losses, but does not make up for the months of disruption in thousands of victims' lives.

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LAWRENCE ֱ Hours after announcing that Columbia Gas will pay the city $43.3 million to repave damaged roads and cover other loses it suffered following the Sept. 13 gas disaster, company president Mark Kempic told the City Council Tuesday night that the utility will pay the city up to $1.4 m…

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ANDOVER ֱ Officials in Lawrence, Andover and North Andover announced an $80 million settlement with Columbia Gas Tuesday afternoon to compensate the communities for road restoration and municipal claims and costs resulting from the Sept. 13 gas disasters.

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ANDOVER ֱ Officials in Lawrence, Andover and North Andover announced an $80 million settlement with Columbia Gas to compensate the communities for road restoration and municipal claims and costs resulting from the Sept. 13 gas disasters.

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