Explosions and over forty houses on fire rocked the cities of Lawrence, Andover, and North Andover last month, forcing mass evacuations and a state of emergency. Even now, thousands are facing the increasing chill in the air without their normal gas heat or cooking capabilities. While the pipeline investigation continues, many are forced to rely on small electrical space heaters and hot-plates.
As of October 2nd, according to Columbia Gas, over two thousand people did not even have that option as their homes’ electrical capabilities were still not up to par for a space heater. Columbia has pledged to have natural gas back to all affected homes by November 19th. This means that for many families it will be another six (6) weeks in the growing cold without proper heat or cooking capabilities.