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Firefighters Say Natural Gas Explosion at Virginia Home Injures Nine

Authorities believe a natural gas explosion at a Virginia home caused a fire that has injured nine people. Chesapeake Fire Lt. Anthony P. Barakat tells news outlets that the two homeowners were hospitalized in critical condition following the “significant explosion” …

Utility Lays Out Plan Restoring Gas Service After Massachusetts Explosions

A natural gas company is releasing its plan for replacing aging pipelines and restoring service to thousands of homes and businesses affected by the natural gas explosions and fires north of Boston last month. Columbia Gas said Tuesday it’s deploying …

Gas Line Rupture Sparks Fire in Pennsylvania, Injures One Worker

A construction crew repairing a water line accidentally struck a gas main in western Pennsylvania, sparking a fire that injured one worker. The blast in Bethel Park occurred around 2 a.m. Wednesday and burned for about two hours before the …

Multiple Fires Destroy 12 Buildings in New York

Officials say 12 buildings have to be torn down after two weekend fires devastated an Albany, N.Y., neighborhood. The Times Union reports the first fire broke out around 3:30 a.m. Sunday, and the second fire was reported about a mile …

Emergency Loans Available for Massachusetts Businesses Hurt by Gas Blasts

A $1 million emergency loan fund has been set up for Massachusetts businesses directly impacted by a series of natural gas explosions and fires. Republican Gov. Charlie Baker and officials from Lawrence, Andover and North Andover announced the fund on …

After Blasts, Massachusetts Orders Natural Gas Safety Review

Massachusetts regulators are calling for an outside review of the state’s natural gas distribution system in the wake of gas explosions and fires that affected three communities earlier this month. The Department of Public Utilities said Wednesday it would name …

Foundation Being Set Up for Victims of Massachusetts Gas Explosions

A relief fund will be established to help Massachusetts residents whose lives were disrupted by a series of natural gas fires and explosions. The announcement was made Monday by Republican Governor Charlie Baker and leaders of the three affected communities. …

Delaware Teen Charged in Store Fire That Caused $3M in Damage

A Delaware teen is accused of starting a fire at a Family Dollar store that caused an estimated $3 million in damages. Harry Miller with the State Fire Marshal’s Office tells news outlets that the 16-year-old boy was charged Wednesday …

Pastor Pleads Guilty to Setting Fire to His Washington D.C. Rental Apartment

The pastor of a Baltimore, Md., church has pled guilty to setting fire to an apartment he rented in Southeast Washington in a plan to collect insurance money. Jamel Carelock, the pastor of Lead Church, pled guilty in the Superior …

Landlord in Maine Fire That Killed Six Begins Jail Sentence

The owner of a Maine apartment where six people died in a fire has begun serving his jail sentence for a safety code violation. Fifty-two-year-old Gregory Nisbet reported to Cumberland County Jail Wednesday. He was sentenced to serve a three-month …