Chief Michael B. Mansfield
32 North Main St.
Andover, MA 01810
For Immediate Release
Thursday, April 18, 2019
Contact: John Guilfoil
Email: [email protected]
Andover Fire Rescue Responds to Outdoor Gas Leak
Media staging: On Lovejoy Road at Bridle Path Road intersection.
ANDOVER — Fire Chief Michael Mansfield reports that Andover Fire Rescue is on-scene with Columbia Gas crews at a serious natural gas leak outside a residence.
A Grade 1 gas leak (most serious) has been declared.
Firefighters responded to an address on Bridle Path Road at the request of Columbia Gas shortly before 3 p.m. Upon arrival, crews were notified that Columbia Gas was conducting a survey of the neighborhood when they received extremely high gas readings outside one the homes. The gas meters on-scene showed natural gas concentrations of approximately 60 percent, which prompted officials to determine that an immediate hazard existed at that location, requiring immediate corrective action.
Officials believe that the source of the leak is a valve or coupling located under the front yard of the residence. Columbia Gas is in the process of digging up the lawn to locate and stop the leak.
No one was home at the time, but the homeowner has since returned home. Fire and gas crews have swept the home and determined no gas leaked into the home. No evacuations have been ordered at this time, but officials are actively monitoring the situation.
This story will be updated.