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Columbia Gas Will Compensate Merrimack Valley Customers For All Losses Linked To Explosions

A house is destroyed in Lawrence, Massachusetts, on Sept. 13, 2018. A problem with a gas line that feeds homes in several communities north of Boston triggered a series of gas explosions and fires. (AP Photo/Mary Schwalm)MoreCloseclosemore
A house is destroyed in Lawrence, Massachusetts, on Sept. 13, 2018. A problem with a gas line that feeds homes in several communities north of Boston triggered a series of gas explosions and fires. (AP Photo/Mary Schwalm)

Authorities say Columbia Gas has agreed to compensate its customers for all losses related to a series of gas explosions and fires in Massachusetts' Merrimack Valley.

Town officials in Andover announced Saturday that the utility company will pay claims related to bodily injury, property damage, disruption of business and other inconveniences caused by loss of gas service. Claims centers have been set up in Lawrence, Andover and North Andover. Residents can also file claims by phone.

Columbia Gas did not immediately provide comment on the agreement.

A statement from Columbia Gas provided by Andover officials says the company will reimburse customers for the cost of switching to alternative fuel sources like electric or oil.

The Sept. 13 disaster killed one person, injured some 25 others and damaged or destroyed dozens of homes and businesses.

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