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On its website, Columbia Gas had posted a note to MA customers that it was upgrading natural gas lines "in neighborhoods across the state" to enhance safety and reliability.

"The administration urges residents to heed instructions from local officials for important public safety announcements, including evacuations and suspending gas usage", Baker said in a statement.

The gas firm's parent company Indiana-based NiSource said its thoughts were with those affected by the incident.

Dozens of homes were reported to have caught fire in several northern MA towns on Thursday after a series of suspected gas explosions.

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker declared a state of emergency for the area while expressing frustration with the utility company whose gas pipeline exploded. Residents living in those communities with homes serviced by Columbia Gas were told to evacuate.

Fire investigators suspected "over-pressurisation of a gas main" belonging to Columbia Gas of MA, a unit of the utility NiSource Inc, caused the explosions, Andover fire chief Michael Mansfield told a news conference.

Federal investigators were dispatched to three towns just outside Boston after dozens of explosions and fires along NiSource Inc.'s natural gas network left at least one person dead and 13 injured and displaced over 8,000 customers.

Six years ago, Columbia Gas accepted blame for a gas explosion in Springfield, Massachusetts, that injured 17 people. It was not immediately clear if those were separate from the victims treated at Lawrence General.

In Andover and North Andover, some residential streets have been cleared for reentry, according to town managers. "We've got lots of donuts and it's about these poor people, it's not about us or the business, it's making sure they get what they need".

Boston: A man was killed while several others were injured after a series of explosions and fires rocked around 40 homes and businesses in three towns in MA on Thursday, according to the Essex County District Attorney's office.

At 5:01 p.m., Andover Fire-Rescue Department struck a 10-alarm response, its maximum traditional fire response. "Make plans for at least between now and this time tomorrow", Rivera said early Friday.

A man whose neighbourhood was among those affected said he ran into his basement to find the room was glowing.

Tran said when he opened his door to see what had happened, all he could see was smoke.

When he ran downstairs and saw the boiler on fire, he quickly grabbed a fire extinguisher and put it out. Soon after 7pm, officials said all fires in the town had been extinguished. Minutes later, Mr Nam said he heard a loud boom from his neighbour's house and the ground shook.

Massachusetts State Police say officials will be shutting off power to all residents in Lawrence, Andover and North Andover. Four people, including one firefighter, are said to have sustained minor injuries in Andover.

Columbia Gas CEO Steve Bryant said the company was "sorry" and "deeply concerned about the inconvenience", adding that he has no reason to take action against any employee at this point.

Emergency crews are responding to what they believe is a series of gas explosions that have damaged homes across three communities north of Boston.

Officials said that between 60 and 80 fires and a number of explosions broke out in homes and businesses in the towns of Lawrence, Andover and North Andover, which are located around 30 miles (45km) north of Boston.

Even though there was no immediate report on the case of the fire, Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency blamed the gas lines that had become over-pressurized. As of Friday afternoon, Bryant said the company had checked about 3,000 meters.