Crews working on a water main in Saugus this morning punctured a gas main, causing the evacuation of a nearby strip mall and several houses, said Fire Chief Don McQuaid The 2-inch gas main, near 17 Pine St. behind the Augustine’s Plaza mall, was struck at 9:19 a.m., McQuaid said. “They had a backhoe and were working on a water line and accidentally hit the gas pipe,” he said.
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