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PHOTOS: The Aftermath Of The Gas Explosions In The Merrimack Valley

Fires, Explosions Rock Lawrence, North Andover and Andover
Fires, Explosions Rock Lawrence, North Andover and Andover
Crews work to knock down a fire on Jefferson Street in Lawrence.
Jessica Rinaldi
Fires, Explosions Rock Lawrence, North Andover and Andover
Fires, Explosions Rock Lawrence, North Andover and Andover
People watch as crews work to knock down a fire on Jefferson Street in Lawrence.
Jessica Rinaldi
Fires, Explosions Rock Lawrence, North Andover and Andover
Fires, Explosions Rock Lawrence, North Andover and Andover
People cover their faces to protect themselves from heavy smoke from a fire on Bowdoin Street in Lawrence, MA on Sep. 13, 2018.
Jessica Rinaldi
Fires, Explosions Rock Lawrence, North Andover and Andover
Fires, Explosions Rock Lawrence, North Andover and Andover
Residents head inside to shelter at the Andover Senior Center following a series of fires and gas explosions in the area on Sep. 13, 2018.
Jessica Rinaldi
Fires, Explosions Rock Lawrence, North Andover and Andover
Fires, Explosions Rock Lawrence, North Andover and Andover
A house is destroyed on Sept. 13, 2018, in Lawrence, Mass. A problem with a gas line that feeds homes in several communities north of Boston triggered a series of gas explosions and fires.
Mary Schwalm
Fires, Explosions Rock Lawrence, North Andover and Andover
Fires, Explosions Rock Lawrence, North Andover and Andover
Andover residents Zahiya and Owais Hassan evacuated their home at 5 p.m. on Thursday soon after the first reports of explosions and fires in the Merrimack Valley. The couple spent the night at the Andover Senior Center where pets weren't allowed so their dog Simba slept in the car.
Meredith Nierman
Fires, Explosions Rock Lawrence, North Andover and Andover
Fires, Explosions Rock Lawrence, North Andover and Andover
Firefighters at the North Andover Fire Headquarters take a break along side firefighters from East Brookflied, Leicester, Oxford, and Sutton who assisted them overnight.
Meredith Nierman
Fires, Explosions Rock Lawrence, North Andover and Andover
Fires, Explosions Rock Lawrence, North Andover and Andover
A home on Herrick Road in North Andover was one of dozens to experience significant fire damge due to the gas line explosions.
Meredith Nierman
Fires, Explosions Rock Lawrence, North Andover and Andover
Fires, Explosions Rock Lawrence, North Andover and Andover
Skateboarders take advantage of blocked off roads in Lawrence the day after explosions and fires tore through multiple properties in the city. Numerous roads and key intersections remain blocked off causing extensive traffic throughout the city and onto Route 495.
Meredith Nierman
Fires, Explosions Rock Lawrence, North Andover and Andover
Blocked off Roads in Lawrence
Boston Police Officers block off a section of South Broadway in Lawrence the morning after explosions and fires tore through numerous properties in the city.
Meredith Nierman
Fires, Explosions Rock Lawrence, North Andover and Andover
Fires, Explosions Rock Lawrence, North Andover and Andover
A police officer waves a fire truck into a blocked off area in Lawrence. Many residents are still not allowed to return to their homes and many streets still remain blocked.
Meredith Nierman
Fires, Explosions Rock Lawrence, North Andover and Andover
Fires, Explosions Rock Lawrence, North Andover and Andover
Police block the road to a house on Chickering Road in Lawrence. The house is one of a number destroyed by gas line explosions and fires in Merrimack Valley.
Meredith Nierman
Fire, Explosions Rock Lawrence, North Andover and Andover
Fire, Explosions Rock Lawrence, North Andover and Andover
A damaged house on Jefferson Street, in Lawrence, Mass.
Mary Schwalm
Fires, Explosions Rock Lawrence, North Andover and Andover
Fires, Explosions Rock Lawrence, North Andover and Andover
At Lawrence's Central Command area, media await the latest statement from Gov. Charlie Baker the day after gas line explosions and fires erupted in the town.
Meredith Nierman
Fires, Explosions Rock Lawrence, North Andover and Andover
Fires, Explosions Rock Lawrence, North Andover and Andover
A number of Massachusetts towns and cities sent teams to aid the firefighters of Lawrence. Here firefighters from Randolph, Sharon, Brookline and Holbrook wait at Central Command for emergency calls to come in.
Meredith Nierman
Fires, Explosions Rock Lawrence, North Andover and Andover
Fires, Explosions Rock Lawrence, North Andover and Andover
A worker with Columbia gas stands over an open man hole as the crew works to make sure there are no gas leaks at the corner of Parker and Salem Streets in Lawrence.
Mary Schwalm
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More than 18,000 homes and businesses are without power Friday morning in the Merrimack Valley, after fires caused by an underground gas line tore through Lawrence, Andover, and North Andover Thursday afternoon.

There were between 60 and 80 structure fires throughout the three communities, and MEMA said they responded to 150 emergency calls. Thousands of people were displaced and are still not allowed to return to their houses. Twenty-five people are being treated for injuries, and one person — 18-year-old Leonel Rondon — was killed when a chimney fell on his car following an explosion.

In the meantime, thousands of families are left waiting to find out when they can return home.

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