The victim, Leonel Robson of Lawrence, died after being rushed to hospital in Boston when a chimney from an exploding house crashed onto his vehicle on Thursday.
"Numerous evacuations of neighbourhoods where there are gas orders are underway".
Emergency officials, meanwhile, are urging people to get out of their houses and evacuate their neighborhoods in the three communities as firefighters battle dozens of gas explosions that leveled some houses and set fire to others over a large area.
Hours before the explosions, the company had unveiled plans to upgrade gas lines across MA, including in the areas where the blasts happened.
Epping Fire Chief Don DeAngelis said his firefighters were asked to respond to a school in North Andover where they would be staged, along with Brentwood fire crews.
Gas explosions and subsequent fires on Thursday evening caused one death, multiple injuries and widespread damage in the Merrimack Valley, namely Lawrence, North Andover and Andover.
During a Friday press conference at Reagan National Airport, Chairman Robert Sumwalt said that while the NTSB normally investigates incidents such as crashes, it is in charge of this situation because pipelines are a "mode of transportation" for natural gas.
The streets were darkened where authorities had cut off electricity and were shutting down gas service in an effort to stop further blazes.
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Lawrence City Councilor Marc LaPlante said, "The best I can make of this at this point is it is gas-related". Schools are closed Friday in Lawrence and Andover. "My first thought was this is a gas explosion".
The state police said gas lines are now being depressurized by the company but warned that may take some time.
NiSource spokesman Ken Stammen said Columbia Gas was investigating.
"Gas lines are now being depressurised", police said on Twitter, adding that "it will take some time". It was not clear whether work was happening there Thursday, and a spokeswoman did not immediately comment.
By 7:00pm local time, officials in Andover said all fires in the town had been extinguished.
He said: "It's definitely a scary situation at the moment".
The three communities house more than 146,000 residents and are located about 26 miles north of Boston. Methuen Police Chief Joseph Solomon said that there were so many fires at a particular time that you could not even see the sky.
"Right now, we're just trying to keep people safe".
The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency said staff members were heading to Lawrence, Andover and North Andover, along with state fire investigators. Anyone in those towns who has gas service from Columbia Gas should leave their homes until further notice.
Good news - it's real! Nintendo has announced that Super Smash Bros Ultimate is getting its own Limited Edition Nintendo Switch . Also coming on November 2 is the GameCube controller that was previously shown off for Super Smash Bros .
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Before joining Trump's campaign, Manafort worked extensively for pro-Kremlin politicians and oligarchs in Ukraine. Spokesmen for special counsel Mueller and Manafort would not respond to requests for comment.
People are seen inside a shelter run by Red Cross before Hurricane Florence comes ashore in Grantsboro, N.C., September 13, 2018. Ken Graham, director of the hurricane center, said on Facebook the storm surges could push in as far as 3 kilometers (2 miles).
More than 80,000 people were already without power as the storm began buffeting the coast, and more than 12,000 were in shelters. Ken Graham, the director of the National Hurricane Center , said: "It truly is really about the whole size of this storm".
SpaceX CEO Elon Musk confirmed on Twitter that the trip would make use of a new version of the company's BFR launch vehicle. Who will be flying and why will be known on Monday, September 17 at 6 pm PT, added in the tweet.
She packed up what she could and took a ferry. "I built this house myself, so I'm not anxious at all, I know it's solid", he said. The hurricane is expected to make landfall on Friday , with heavy rain and hurricane-force winds potentially lasting for days.
One forecaster says the harm done by a 90 miles per hour wind would be comparable to that suffered from a 110 miles per hour wind. CoBank, an agricultural lender, estimates damage to North Carolina farming could hit $US1 billion ($1.3b) before the storm slows.
While Florence is no longer considered a major hurricane, its reach has expanded, threatening residents from Georgia to Virginia. Up to 1.7 million people have been ordered to evacuate across South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia.
Richarlison doubles helps Brazil to 5-0 triumph
Before scoring, he also won the penalty which allowed Neymar to open the scoring in the fourth minute of the game. Elsewhere, Argentina - who were without Barcelona forward Lionel Messi - drew 0-0 with Colombia in New Jersey.
The larger iPhone Xs might be called the iPhone Xs Max
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Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9
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All three devices will start shipping September 21. "The 6.5" gadget has the largest screen in the smartphone lineup's history. The Nike+ version of Apple Watch have been delayed in the past as well so this is pretty much the norm at this point.