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Have you been affected by the Merrimack Gas Fire Crisis?

On the afternoon of September 13, 2018, a catastrophic fire raged through a property on East Water Street in North Andover. The resident observed that the pilot light in his stove was acting in an abnormal manner. He immediately shut off the stove’s gas and proceeded into the basement to check on the home’s gas powered heating system. As he headed down the steep stairs into the basement, the homeowner observed a veritable flame-thrower spewing out of the heating system.


This scenario was playing out all over the area as more than 70 homes erupted in flames due to over pressured gas lines serviced by Columbia Gas. Thanks to a heroic effort by first responders, the house did not burn to the ground. However, the house sustained significant smoke and fire damage as did all of the homeowner's possessions. The homeowner has suffered and will continue to suffer property damage, loss of use of their residence/business, mental anguish and undue stress which manifests as physical conditions as a result of this tragedy. Columbia Gas must be held accountable.

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A Catastrophic Failure

Columbia Gas, and their parent company, NiSource have the duty to monitor and safeguard the gas lines that they have running through Lawrence, Andover, North Andover, and the other communities they serve in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The lack of safety procedures and testing has allowed this dangerious situation to occur.


According to CBS Boston, here is what we know right now about the direct impacts of the explosions.

  • One confirmed dead
  • 25 injured
  • 60-80 fires and 3 explosions
  • Gov. Charlie Baker has declared a state of emergency in Lawrence, Andover and North Andover

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The Gas Company Response

Columbia Gas has responded to the catastrophe with what can be described as "minimal" restitution for the affected homes and businesses. Columbia Gas is distributing Gift Cards and Hot Plates, which do nothing to address the medical concerns of the victims. Many business owners in the area also have lost business as traffic has been diverted away from the area. An attorney can ensure that victims of the Merrimack Gas Crisis receive the maximum compensation they are entitled to.

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