• Dudley August 19, 2022 12:08 pm

    Overnight Fire Sparks Explosions Inside Mass. Warehouse

    A large fire broke out overnight at a warehouse in Dudley, Massachusetts, causing multiple explosions inside the building that reportedly held chemicals. Firefighters in Dudley responded to the warehouse to find active fire when they arrived, with reports of chemicals in the building that are used to make wax paper, according to Fire Chief Dean Kochanowski. Crews don’t believe...

  • tauton June 1, 2021 1:42 pm

    Manholes Explode in Taunton Neighborhood

    Authorities warned residents to avoid a Taunton, Massachusetts neighborhood Tuesday after multiple manhole explosions were reported. The Taunton Emergency Management Agency tweeted that traffic was being rerouted in the area of 80 Broadway after the explosions. Aerial footage showed crews working to fix the issue. No further information was immediately available. This is a developing story and will be updated…

  • manhole explosions December 5, 2019 2:35 pm

    ‘Like a Cannon': Manhole Explosions Spark Investigation in Brookline

    Route 9 was back open Thursday morning in Brookline, Massachusetts, after a series of manhole explosions rocked the town and blew out multiple storefronts the previous evening.  The incident happened at the intersection of Boylston and Cypress Streets, where police said up to four manholes exploded. Firefighters said the blasts were caused by a gas leak that was ignited by something...

  • manhole explosions December 5, 2019 8:15 am

    Brookline Rocked by Manhole Explosions

    A gas leak may be to blame for the several manhole explosions that happened Wednesday evening in Brookline, Massachusetts.

  • fire September 24, 2019 7:41 am

    Man Found Dead Near IEDs to Be Identified

    Medical examiners are working to identify the man whose body was found near two improvised explosive devices following an explosion and fire at a Fitchburg, Massachusetts apartment building.

  • Massachusetts September 24, 2019 11:26 pm

    Authorities ID Body Found Near Explosives at Fitchburg Apartment

    Authorities on Tuesday identified the man whose body was found near homemade explosives and propane tanks following a roaring 4-alarm fire at an apartment building in Fitchburg, Massachusetts. The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner identified the body as Raymond L. Jerome, 59, officials said. Authorities did not provide additional information about the man.

  • Boston September 17, 2019 11:33 pm

    How to Help After Deadly Farmington Explosion

    As the community of Farmington, Maine, remains in shock after a deadly explosion, donations are pouring in to help. A powerful gas explosion leveled a facility for people with disabilities Monday morning, killing Farmington Fire Captain Michael Bell, a 30-year veteran of the department. His brother, the town’s fire chief, was one of seven other people injured in the...

  • Boston September 17, 2019 10:55 pm

    Probe Begins After Maine Explosion Kills Fire Capt., Injures Others

    Federal, state and local authorities are investigating a powerful gas explosion that leveled a building in Farmington, Maine, a day earlier, as the community mourned the loss of a fire captain killed in the blast. Captain Michael Bell, 68, a 30-year veteran of the Farmington Fire Department, was killed in the explosion. His body was transported to the medical examiner’s...

  • Boston September 16, 2019 5:39 pm

    Fire Captain Killed in Maine Explosion That Injured 7, Including His Fire Chief Brother

    The powerful gas explosion that leveled a building in Farmington, Maine, Monday killed a fire captain and injured seven other people, including his brother, the town’s fire chief, officials said. The explosion happened Monday morning at a facility serving people with disabilities. Captain Michael Bell, 68, was identified by the Maine Fire Marshal’s Office Monday afternoon as the man killed....

  • Boston September 16, 2019 8:01 pm

    Firefighter Killed in Explosion That Leveled Maine Facility for People With Disabilities

    A veteran firefighter is dead and seven other people injured, including his brother, after a powerful propane gas explosion Monday ripped through a facility that serves people with disabilities in Farmington, Maine. The building was reduced to rubble. The blast rocked the area and sent dust high into the sky, according to witnesses. Many of the other victims who were...

  • Merrimack Valley September 13, 2019 9:26 am

    1 Year Since Merrimack Valley Explosions

    It’s been one year since thousands of residents in Lawrence, North Andover and Andover were affected by the natural gas pipeline explosions in the Merrimack Valley.

  • Karla Rendon-Alvarez May 18, 2019 9:42 pm

    Sister of Man Killed in Merrimack Valley Explosions Graduates College, Plans to Help Community

    Following the tragic death of her 18-year-old brother during the Merrimack Valley explosions, one Massachusetts woman is earning her degree in public health with the ambition to help people in her community suffering from tragedies the way she and her family have endured. Lucia Rondon, the older sister of Leonel Rondon, graduated on Saturday from the Northern Essex Community College....

  • Brockton May 17, 2019 7:35 am

    2 Manhole Explosions Shut Down Power in Brockton

    Two manhole explosions prompted officials to shut down power for about 700 residents in Brockton, Massachusetts as they responded to the scene.

  • Merrimack Valley May 7, 2019 8:07 am

    Settlement Reached in Merrimack Valley Explosions

    Merrimack Valley officials are slated to reveal details on the settlement reached between Andover, North Andover and Lawrence and the company behind the disastrous gas explosions that affected the communities.

  • lawrence March 11, 2019 5:43 am

    Columbia Gas to Replace Heating Equipment Damaged in Explosions

    The natural gas company blamed for a series of explosions and fires in Massachusetts’ Merrimack Valley says it’ll resume replacing damaged heating equipment for property owners this spring. Columbia Gas of Massachusetts said furnaces, boilers and hot water heaters repaired but not replaced during the monthslong recovery process will now be exchanged for new equipment.

  • lawrence January 4, 2019 1:48 pm

    1st Gas Bill Since Disaster Stuns, Frustrates Merrimack Valley Residents

    Lawrence, Massachusetts residents have finally returned to their homes several months after a disastrous series of explosions, only to be faced with mounting utility bills. Paul Craney, one of the thousands of residents who were affected by the Sept. 13 tragedy, was greeted with an invoice from Columbia Gas stating he owed $820.92 for his gas bill. Residents have recently...

  • lawrence December 31, 2018 6:24 am

    Chief Wants Columbia Gas to Fund New Firefighters in New Year

    The fire chief in a community impacted by September’s gas pipeline explosions wants the utility responsible to pay for the city to hire additional firefighters in the new year. Lawrence Fire Chief Brian Moriarty tells The Eagle Tribune that he expects increased calls about gas odors, leaks and carbon monoxide problems to continue in 2019.

  • Merrimack Valley December 14, 2018 1:26 pm

    Months After Massachusetts Gas Explosions, Normalcy Far Off

    Some Massachusetts homeowners and small businesses are still struggling to return to normalcy after September’s dramatic gas pipeline explosions, even as the utility responsible says the vast majority of customers have heat and hot water again.

  • Massachusetts November 2, 2018 5:31 pm

    Family Plans to File Wrongful Death Lawsuit Against Columbia Gas

    The family of a North Andover man who died after his cardiac arrest led to a coma plan to file a wrongful death lawsuit against Columbia Gas. Attorney Marc Breakstone says 57-year-old Kenneth DeVeau went under cardiac arrest because of the stress caused by the Merrimack Valley evacuations.

  • Massachusetts October 17, 2018 12:04 pm

    Lawrence Mayor Seeks Plumbers for Merrimack Valley Explosion Recovery

    Lawrence, Massachusetts Mayor Dan Rivera is seeking plumbers to assist with the Merrimack Valley explosions recovery.

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