On Aug. 27, a fire caused about 9,000 Verizon customers in Lawrence, Andover, North Andover, North Reading, Methuen, and Tewksbury and stretching as far as Gloucester to loose cellphone, landline, cable, and Internet service. The fire also knocked out 911 calls in some communities. It all began with a homeless person trying to stay warm under the Central Bridge near downtown Lawrence.
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