MUHLENBERG TWP., Pa. - More than three dozen crews with Berks County-based UGI have responded to a request for assistance following last week's series of natural gas explosions and fires in the Boston suburbs.
They are among natural gas crews from across the country who have traveled to Massachusetts' Merrimack Valley.
UGI's team includes field technicians, supervisors, and incident command support staff, according to spokesman Joe Swope.
"A number of UGI employees volunteered to be part of the UGI team dedicated to the restoration effort in Massachusetts," said Hans Bell, UGI's chief operating officer. "When disaster strikes, utilities have a long history of helping each other. Our hearts go out to everyone affected by this incident."
The UGI crews have been dispatched in two-person teams in a public safety role, assisting affected residents return to their homes, Swope said. They are also assisting with service restoration and conducting safety checks.
The rapid-fire series of explosions in the towns of Lawrence, Andover, and North Andover last Thursday killed a teenager, injured at least 25 others, and destroyed or damaged dozens of homes.
The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the blasts.
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