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Lawrence -09/15/18 Peple wait in line outside at the Lawrence Senior Center where a food pantry was set up to provide paper goods, food and toiletries for thousands who waited in line throughout the day. Thousands of residents had to deal with another day of the gas crisis in Lawerence, after Thursday's gas explosions and fires in many dwellings. Photo by John Tlumacki/Globe Staff(metro)

Focus turns to finding cause of fires that struck up to 80 buildings

As many as 80 buildings burned in Lawrence, Andover, and North Andover, with one person dead and at least 13 injured. Thousands of people fled, and now officials and residents are trying to understand what happened and why.

Columbia Gas and its parent have been linked to previous fires and explosions

Records show that Columbia Gas of Massachusetts has been fined tens of thousands of dollars by the state’s utilities regulator in recent years, and its corporate parent linked to other serious blasts.

Nestor Ramos

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/07/12/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/400_nestor.jpg Lawrence neighborhood is now carrying a heavy load

After their neighborhood seemed to burst into flames without warning, residents struggled to describe the panicked scene.

‘Yesterday he was celebrating.’ Today, friends and family mourn for Lawrence teen

Leonel Rondon was sitting inside a car in Lawrence when a chimney from a house that exploded fell.

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Leonel Rondon, 18, had just gotten his driver’s license and had gone to visit friends when a nearby house exploded, sending the chimney crashing down onto his vehicle.

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Harvard president Lawrence Bacow returned to Pontiac, Mich, the community where he grew up, to preach the gospel of education with himself as case study Number One.

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Paul Manafort pleaded guilty Friday to two federal crimes after cutting a deal with prosecutors and agreeing to cooperate with the special counsel’s Russia probe.

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After the fires, who will pay for damage?

North Andover, MA, 09/14/18, Firefighters and law enforcement personel accompanied Columbia Gas workers on Pleasant Street to gain access to home via locksmiths and going in through windows, to get check for gas leaks and to lock down the gas meters. Suzanne Kreiter/Globe staff

State and local officials need to be aggressive in using powers to enact safety measures, and if need be, legal action against Columbia Gas to pay for rebuilding neighborhoods.

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Columbia Gas and its parent have been linked to previous fires and explosions

By Matt Rocheleau, Kay Lazar and Shelley Murphy

Records show that Columbia Gas of Massachusetts has been fined tens of thousands of dollars by the state’s utilities regulator in recent years, and its corporate parent linked to other serious blasts.

Focus turns to finding cause of fires that struck up to 80 buildings

Lawrence -09/15/18 Peple wait in line outside at the Lawrence Senior Center where a food pantry was set up to provide paper goods, food and toiletries for thousands who waited in line throughout the day. Thousands of residents had to deal with another day of the gas crisis in Lawerence, after Thursday's gas explosions and fires in many dwellings. Photo by John Tlumacki/Globe Staff(metro)

By Michael Levenson, Milton Valencia and Adam Vaccaro

As many as 80 buildings burned in Lawrence, Andover, and North Andover, with one person dead and at least 13 injured. Thousands of people fled, and now officials and residents are trying to understand what happened and why.

Nestor Ramos

Lawrence neighborhood is now carrying a heavy load

Lawrence -09/15/18-Zulaika Garcia waits with her son, Joseph, 9, in line at the Lawrence Senior Center where a food pantry was set up to provide paper goods, food and toiletries for thousands who waited in line throughout the day. She live on Springfield Street where twobig apartment buildings caught fire Thursday. Thousands of residents had to deal with another day of the gas crisis in Lawerence, after Thursday's gas explosions and fires in many dwellings. Photo by John Tlumacki/Globe Staff(metro)

By Nestor Ramos

After their neighborhood seemed to burst into flames without warning, residents struggled to describe the panicked scene.

Business & Tech

State leaders increase focus on National Grid labor standoff

A National Grid truck on South Broadway in Lawrence on Friday.

By Katie Johnston

Governor Charlie Baker and Attorney General Maura Healey turned their attention to the labor standoff this week before Thursday’s gas explosions in the Merrimack Valley.

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How to make friends as an adult

By Beth Teitell

A study found it takes 50 hours just to become casual friends — but you can make the time.