(NECN: Methuen, Mass.) - A widespread gas outage in Methuen, Massachusetts is causing problems. Due to a loss of pressure, a gas main in the city has been shut down.
Columbia Gas is in the process of locking all gas meters to the off position as a precaution. Work will continue through the night into Friday.
Once the problem is fixed, Columbia Gas service personnel will go door to door to inspect natural gas appliances before turning on the gas meter.
There is no time estimation for gas service to be restored. A shelter is being set up at the Timony Grammar School on 45 Pleasant View Street in Methuen.
All schools Pre-K through grade 12 are closed in the city of Methuen Friday.
The American Red Cross is working with local officials to assist residents affected by the gas outage.