Emergency crews are responding to reports of multiple explosions and raging fires in the Merrimack Valley region of Massachusetts. The fires, which broke out on Thursday afternoon, are reportedly gas-related explosions.
According to a local NBC affiliate, at least one home has been destroyed and several others have caught fire. The cause is reportedly a problem with a gas line that feeds homes in Andover, North Andover, and Lawrence.
Massachusetts State Police said they have confirmed responses to more than 20 different addresses in the three communities for fires, explosions or investigations. Troopers are at the scene helping.
There is no word yet on whether anyone has been injured. There is an evacuation advisor for Andover. Anyone who knows how to safely turn off the gas service in their home or building is advised to do so. Some areas of North Andover and Lawrence are also being evacuated. State and local police are helping to evacuate residents.
Lawrence police Chief Roy Vasque told The Eagle-Tribune that he's "never seen anything like this."
According to NBC's Tom Winter, "Preliminary indications are that a gas or gas lines may have been over-pressurized which led to the fires and explosions in the Lawrence, Massachusetts area a senior state official says."
Please pray for anyone who has been caught in these fires. Please pray that no one was injured and that there are no more fires.