Fires and explosions shock Merrimack Valley

A series of fires and explosions ripped through the towns of Lawrence, Andover, and North Andover, Thursday evening. Investigators are working to pinpoint the cause of the natural gas explosions that killed a teenager, injured at least 10 others and left thousands fleeing their homes.

Leonel Rondon, 18, of Lawrence, died after a chimney fell on top of his SUV due to a house explosion. He was rushed to a Boston hospital but pronounced dead later that evening.

City officials urge residents to stay out of homes and to continue to keep their gas shut off.

The Red Cross has established shelters at the following locations:

◾Arlington School, 150 Arlington Street, Lawrence

◾Parthum School, 255 Haverhill Street, Lawrence

◾North Andover High School, 430 Osgood Street, North Andover

◾Cormier Youth Center, 40 Whittier Court, Andover

The shelters will accommodate pets.

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