Police say 60-100 fires in progress in Lawrence, Andover, North Andover Mass. due to gas line emergency

As first-responders struggled to keep up with their fight against dozens of fires in Lawrence, Andover and North Andover, residents continued to leave their homes, many making their way to a number of emergency evacuation centers in the area.

Methuen Police Chief Joseph Solomon said 60 to 100 fires are burning across the Merrimack Valley at 6:35 p.m., and multiple people were hurt, according to reports.

The fires are attributed to problems with Columbia Gas Co. and officials are telling people that if they have Columbia Gas service they should evacuate their homes — even if their is not an odor.

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