Listen: Lawrence, Dan Rivera, Andover discussed on WBZ Afternoon News
"Fires reported in Lawrence Andover and north Andover. Caused by suspected natural gas explosion state police say numerous evacuations are underway in neighborhoods in the Merrimack valley where there are gas orders. They also say it is far too early to tell what caused this explosion and the subsequent fires. Let's head out to WBZ's Karyn regal. She joins us now from the command center in Lawrence where she just spoke to mayor. Dan Rivera, Karen? Dan Rivera chemo Rita update reporters, he says south Marin says being a back, you waited. Now, we've already seen that happen in Andover. And I believe Jefferson parts of north Andover. Correct me if I'm wrong, but this is a breaking news situation neighborhood evacuated here in south Lawrence right now. These cells Lawrence residents are being told to get out there have been at least fifteen gas main explosion causing fires in home. I gotta look at one of them the first one that came in on trickling road. And it's not pretty the pile of matchsticks cliche. Does apply there at the command center in the old showcase cinemas here in south Lawrence nestled, along four ninety five I'm just watching the fire trucks, come in and come in and come in same story with the ambulances and the same story with the amazing mutual aid? Police response one of the fire trucks. I saw Derry New Hampshire almost twenty miles away. That's how big this incident is and that's how. This response, by the way, there are shelters here in Lawrence there. In the northern part of town Vero said at least eight times to reporters get out of south morons and go north there at two of the elementary schools, the Arlington school and the Cornell school, they are open and there to help you if you have to get out of and you do in Lawrence. Karyn regal WBZ NewsRadio ten thirty right. Thank you. Karen now customers of Columbia gas are being told to get out as soon as possible if you know how they also say to shut off the gas at those homes a couple of additional notes that have come into us in the past fifteen minutes or so WBZ TV meteorologist Eric Fisher tells us that the bursts of smoke from these explosions can actually be seen on weather radar this afternoon that is simply incredible the commuter rail. The NBA's commuter rail all Hazel line service has been suspended this point in time. Time and Merrimack college which is right on route one fourteen at the intersection with route one twenty five there is a vacuous underway there and the school is saying no one is allowed to admit the to be admitted on the premises this afternoon. This is a wild situation in the Merrimack valley and Pam Roach. She is the wife of WBZ TV's. Dan, Roach lives in the area. She describes to us what she saw on her ride home. Just a short time ago coming."