In what may have felt like terrifying deja vu, part of Lawrence was evacuated because of a gas leak early Friday morning.
The leak was detected just after 3 a.m. near South Broadway and Salem Street in Lawrence, officials said. That area was among many in Lawrence impacted by the Sept 13, 2018, Columbia Gas explosions.
Friday’s leak was isolated to one Lawrence neighborhood, though, North Andover Fire Chief William McCarthy said. McCarthy met with Lawrence Fire Chief Brian Moriarty early Friday morning.
"There wasn’t any concern that North Andover be evacuated," Moriarty said. "There was a section of Lawrence that was evacuated, not even a large area of Lawrence, in the immediate area of the leak."
There were three calls from North Andover residents in the Massachusetts Avenue area reporting a smell of gas, but those were isolated and unrelated, McCarthy said.
North Andover Fire Department was unable to provide mutual aid to Lawrence, because one of North Andover’s ladder trucks is being repaired.
"Our availability is generally one engine and one ladder, but we have a vehicle out for service so that puts our availability down zero-zero for mutual aid," McCarthy said.
Columbia Gas shut off gas to the impacted area of Lawrence, almost 150 customers, according to WCVB. The cause of the leak is still under investigation.