Plans for a fund to help the three cities that were affected by the gas fires in Lawrence, Andover and North Andover will be set up through the Greater Lawrence Disaster Relief Fund.

Governor Charlie Baker has announced the establishment of the new Greater Lawrence Disaster Relief Fund at Essex County Community Foundation. A panel of 21 state and local government officials and nonprofit leaders met to organize a system for how the needs of those affected can be most effectively met. Plans for the execution of the new Fund will be communicated by the end of the week.

In related news, Columbia Gas will be donating 10 Million dollars to that fund.  In a report from CBS Boston,utility president Steve Bryant made the announcement in a brief statement at Gov. Charlie Baker’s daily briefing on the investigation in Lawrence.


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