LAWRENCE, Mass. - More than 50 homes were impacted Monday after a contractor struck a gas line, officials tell Boston 25 News. Gas was restored to those homes on Monday night around 9 p.m.
Gas and electricity were shut off on Florence Avenue in Lawrence after fire officials say a contractor struck a low-pressure gas line.
A contractor has struck a low pressure gas line on Florence Ave today. 53 homes are affected. Shelter is being opened at Arlington St school. No injuries, no fires, fire and gas company on scene situation is safe but will take 6-12 hours to completely repair.— Chief Moriarty (@Bfmorty) November 18, 2019
"Our line was correctly marked and the contractor hit the line, despite it being marked correctly," said Kelly Merritt, a spokesperson for Columbia Gas.
Columbia Gas tweeted just after 2:30 p.m. that repairs could take anywhere from six to 12 hours.
"We turned off everybody's meter that was impacted, so we will go house to house to do relights," Merritt said. "So turn on the meter and go inside their house and relight their appliances. So that does take some time."
A shelter was open at Arlington Elementary School on Arlington Street in Lawrence for those impacted.
Columbia Gas crews are making repairs to a natural gas line in Lawrence after a private contractor damaged a marked line on Florence Ave. earlier today. Both Columbia Gas crews and emergency responders quickly responded and emergency responders evacuated four nearby buildings.1/3— Columbia Gas MA (@ColumbiaGasMA) November 18, 2019
There have been no reported injuries and no reports of fires.
Just days ago, residents in Methuen had a scare after a gas leak on Center Street. The source of that leak was quickly found and warnings to residents were lifted.
Correction: A previous version of this story stated that 50 homes were evacuated as a result of the gas line issue. That information has been corrected to show that 50 homes were impacted and remain without gas.
Boston 25 News reporter Litsa Pappas is in Lawrence working to gather new information. Check back for updates.
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