Tonight, Andover, North Andover, and Lawrence had to be evacuated. More than 70 properties are on fire. Many will have lost everything.
Andover is shown as having had 39 leaks known to gas companies prior to these fires. My town, Arlington, has 205! Could this happen here?
There is no profit in maintenance, and crumbling infrastructure is a real problem in Massachusetts. Sheer luck no falling concrete landed on a car or a person at the Alewife garage.
But fires that make a town, Andover look like “Armageddon” to its fire chief cannot be tolerated. Check your town on the map and report linked here. How many gas leaks does your local gas company know about, and not fix? Allegedly, independent investigators find three times as many.
I DO think this is political and I am worried about all those impacted. I am already aware of foster kids being shuffled out of foster homes in raging fire and smoke and poor folks who are not going to find themselves in a nice hotel or motel. These people will need help, and in every city and town, fixing gas leaks ought to become and to have been at the very top of the list.