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Multiple gas explosions set homes ablaze in Boston suburb

(USA Today) Numerous house fires apparently caused by gas explosions erupted around Lawrence, Massachusetts, Thursday, triggering a response from police and firefighters, according to media reports.

Methuen Police Chief Joseph Solomon says there are 20 to 25 homes on fire in Lawrence. Solomon, who’s in Lawrence, says there are so many fires “you can’t even see the sky.”

There were no immediate reports of injuries. In the nearby town of Andover, town officials were asking everyone in their homes and businesses to evacuate if they smell gas.