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Serious gas leak at Andover home repaired

The Boston Globe logo The Boston Globe 4/19/2019 By Breanne Kovatch
a bus parked in front of a house: Officials believe that the source of the leak is a valve or coupling located under the front yard of the residence. © Photo Courtesy Andover Fire Rescue Officials believe that the source of the leak is a valve or coupling located under the front yard of the residence.

A serious gas leak spotted outside a home in Andover Thursday afternoon has been repaired, officials said.

The utility Columbia Gas of Massachusetts spotted a high gas reading outside a home on Bridle Path Road in Andover while conducting a survey in the neighborhood, the utility tweeted. Andover firefighters responded to the scene at about 3 p.m. at the request of Columbia Gas.

The gas meter showed a concentration of about 60 percent, which officials said meant “an immediate hazard existed at that location, requiring immediate corrective action.”

A Grade 1 gas leak, the most serious designation, was declared, Andover Fire Rescue said in a statement.

Andover is one of the three towns in the Merrimack Valley that saw a series of over 120 fires and natural gas explosions in September, killing one person and injuring more than two dozen. Columbia Gas ran the gas lines that caused the outbreak.

The source of the leak Thursday is believed to be a valve or coupling under the front yard at the home, officials said.

Officials swept the home in question and determined that no gas had leaked into the home, fire rescue said.

No evacuations were ordered and no one was home when the reading took place, fire rescue officials said.

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