Gas main breaks at Lawrence construction site; fire chief says situation is ‘under control’

A gas main broke Thursday morning at a construction site in Lawrence, fire officials said. There were no reports of injuries.

Lawrence Fire Chief Brian Moriarty said crews installing electrical service at a mill building being converted to condos on Franklin Street struck a gas main, prompting officials to immediately shut off the gas. The vacant mill building did not have to be evacuated, Moriarty said.

The incident occurred shortly before 10 a.m.

“The situation’s under control,” Moriarty said, adding that authorities weren’t aware of any injuries.

He said he didn’t have the name of the contractor doing the work. It wasn’t immediately clear if any neighbors were affected.


The incident came after catastrophic gas fires and explosions tore through Lawrence, Andover, and North Andover on Sept. 13, killing a teenager and leaving tens of thousands of residents without gas service for more than two months.

Milton J. Valencia of the Globe Staff contributed to this report. Travis Andersen can be reached at travis.andersen@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @TAGlobe.