EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

December 28, 2013

Fire erupts during gas line work in Shrewsbury

The Eagle-Tribune

---- — SHREWSBURY, Mass. (AP) — NStar says authorities are preparing to investigate after an ignition sparked a fire while a utility crew was working on an existing gas line in Shrewsbury.

Spokesman Michael Durand says the investigation will look into what caused the fire that destroyed a backhoe at around 1 p.m. Friday. The utility shut off gas by 2 p.m., a move that extinguished the blaze.

Durand says no one was injured. About 140 customers were without gas by Friday evening, but utility workers expected to finish repairing the gas line by 8 p.m. and restore gas service to all customers who are at home by midnight.

The Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities and the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration will investigate the incident.