Gas Company Will Cover Losses from Deadly Massachusetts Explosions

September 24, 2018

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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  • September 24, 2018 at 6:57 pm
    SacFlood says:
    Agreed. Let the subrogation begin! Also, at least Columbia admitted fault and is paying. I am still angry about CA Gov. Jerry Brown just signing the bill to protect PG+E (w... read more
  • September 24, 2018 at 11:37 am
    Frank A. Lombard CPCU ARM says:
    Shouldn't homeowners who have sustained damage to their homes been encouraged to file claims under their homeowner's insurance coverage? Seems to me most policies would provid... read more

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