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Homes affected by a Boston-area gas explosions to get hot plates, heaters

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Ed Davis on the investigation of Boston-area gas explosion

Columbia Gas a focus of research after a number of Massachusetts homes experience gas explosions; the former Boston police commissioner Ed Davis weighs.

Hotplates for cooking, and stoves for heat will be distributed to thousands of Massachusetts residents left without natural gas after a series of explosions and fires.

Utility officials, meanwhile, pledged Friday to restore natural gas service by Nov. 19 if they replace 48 miles of natural gas pipeline. The Sept. 13 disaster killed one person, injured about 25 others and damaged or destroyed dozens of homes and businesses.

The republican Gov. Charlie Baker says that he activated the National Guard to help distribute the stove to the residents of Lawrence, andover and North Andover on Saturday.

Heaters will be available from Wednesday, with electricians sent to homes to ensure the devices are installed safely.

Baker also announced that the retired us Navy Captain Joe Albanese would serve as chief recovery officer for the restoration project.

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