The Boston gas company whose pipeline network exploded on Thursday destroyed 60 homes and killed a teenager who plans to begin improvement work on Monday and announced it hours before the first explosions occurred.
Columbia Gas did not respond to DailyMail.com's questions about the disaster on Friday morning.
On Thursday morning, hours before the first explosions passed through Lawrence, Andover and North Andover, he announced that he would begin improvement work on his pipeline network, which the company said was "ready to retire".
Around noon, however, the explosions began, sparking terror among residents who said the scene was like "Armageddon."
This was the aftermath of a gas explosion that destroyed a house in Lawrence, Massachusetts, a suburb of Boston on Thursday in a series of explosions that terrorized three different cities and destroyed dozens of homes
Another house in Lawrence, is shown on Friday, the day after the sequence of explosions. The authorities have yet to confirm this, but believe that the cause was an overpressured gas pipeline
The windows of the upper floor of a property in Lawrence were blown up as a result of the explosions. The gas company whose pipes were the ones that blew should replace them in the coming weeks
Part of a house that was affected in Lawrence is shown on Friday. Residents went out to walk the streets despite warnings about staying away from the area
Dozens of homes and businesses were destroyed, 12 people were injured and Leonel Rondon, 18, was killed.
According to the state fire chief, who is still investigating the cause of the accident, it is likely that a pressurized gas pipeline is the cause.
It is not known if Columbia Gas planned to replace it as part of its improvement works.
In its announcement of the project on Thursday, the company said: "As with many other types of infrastructure, such as roads, dams and bridges, deterioration occurs over time and ultimately repairs or replacements are needed.
"The old gas pipes installed in your neighborhood generations ago served us well, but now they are ready to retire.
"If we do nothing, the cost of maintaining and repairing these old pipes will be greater than the cost of replacing them."
A house in North Andover, another city that saw explosions, is represented on Friday, the day after the explosions
A house in Lawrence was sealed by police on Friday. Many residents were forced to leave as a security measure regardless of whether their house had been blown up
An envelope of Columbia Gas lies singed in the street. The company has not yet confirmed whether the main gas it is believed was responsible should be replaced
"That's why we are taking proactive measures today, reducing costs for our customers."
For people expelled from their homes by fires, it will be a long time before they can return to normal life, let alone their property.
On Friday, schools in the area remain closed. The explosions caused the loss of power of 18,000 people throughout the city. Rondon was killed by flying debris that hit the car he was traveling with two friends.
He was out celebrating his driver's license at that time.
Gov. Charlie Baker said Thursday night that state and local authorities are investigating, but it could take days or weeks before the responses appear.
Massachusetts state police released an image of a map showing where the fires are on Thursday. Officials said there were between 60 and 80 fires at the same time
Leonel Rondon, 18, died when a chimney fell on his car when a house exploded. He was pronounced dead at Mass General Hospital around 8:30 p.m.
"This is still a very active scene," he said.
"There will be a lot of time later tonight, tomorrow morning and until the next day to do some work to determine exactly what happened and why."
According to The Eagle Tribune, officials have alerted Holy Family Hospital in Methuen to wait for multiple entries.
The Massachusetts State Police said in a tweet on Thursday that residents in affected areas that have gas service from Columbia Gas should evacuate their homes immediately if they have not already done so.
They updated the tweet to say that the Mayor of Lawrence, Dan Rivera, is asking all residents of South Lawrence to evacuate their homes.
"This adds to the evacuation of all Columbia Gas customers in Lawrence / Andover / North Andover," state police said. & # 39; Utility closes several thousand meters. & # 39;
Authorities warned residents with gas service with Columbia Gas to leave their homes immediately, forcing thousands to flee. Above, a scene on Thursday
The crews are working to bring down a fire in a house that was badly damaged in Lawrence on Thursday. The company that owns Columbia Gas says its teams are conducting safety checks after a series of fires and explosions in three communities north of Boston.
By late Thursday, all the fires had gone out, but many areas remained silent and dark after the residents fled and after electricity companies cut off electricity to prevent further fires.
Lawrence Police Chief Roy Vasque told The Eagle Tribune he has never seen anything like this.
Early on Thursday, before the explosions, Columbia Gas said in a press release that it was updating natural gas lines in the neighborhood across the state.
The company said the improvements would lead to long-term benefits, including improved security features and reliable service.
It was expected that work on the improved gas lines would start on Monday and continue until Friday, with the gas service turned off during installation.
Residents cover their faces with smoke as they are evacuated from their homes while firefighters fight a fire at Bowdoin Street in Lawrence