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Gas leak means no heat at Academy Homes development in Roxbury

City Councilor Kim Janey (Roxbury) reports on a big problem for the residents of the 202 apartments at Academy Homes along Columbus Avenue:

Due to a gas leak, residents living in Academy Homes are without gas. This means families are without heat and are unable to cook during the Christmas holiday. I am in communication with Urban Edge and the Management company. Volunteers may be needed to distribute space heaters and food. I will send another update to let folks know how they can help. In the meantime, please keep our neighbors in your prayers.

The Boston Fire Department reports on a gas leak Saturday night on Slayton Way:

Janey adds:

Once again, National Grid is putting families at risk by locking out its workers. The lock out needs to end. Bring back the locked out workers and stop jeopardizing the safety of our neighborhoods.



Weird. This never happens in my West Somerville neighborhood. You would almost be tempted to think that utility companies treat customers with more financial and political advantage better than they treat those with less. But that would be unethical, so that can't be it.

Is there a fund set up to make donations for those in need?

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Scabs have been digging near there for weeks on Cobden st hope everyone stays warm and safe tonight

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It’s so cold. Can’t cook can’t bathe, space heaters limited and no more hot plates. Somthinyhas to be done. We’re spending money we don’t have to feed the kids hot meals. It’s Christmas Eve so what do we do now

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Relating this to the lockout is absurd propaganda.. The apartment complex had a leak inside, which was found by NG when tenants complained, and any repair is the building management company's job, not the utility.

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If it is in a space controlled by the gas company, it needs to be fixed by them - leaking meter or connection, leaking distribution pipe, etc. Gas can find a way inside buildings even if the leak is in the street.

If it is in some interior piping, that's on the property owner.

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if you're going to build dense housing, you're going to have big problems. The water, electricity , and fire problems are only a matter of time. Odd , there is no mention of the Red Cross or Salvation Army.

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You have clearly never lived in the country.

If you want water, fire, and utility problems, move to Franklin County ... or even Worcester or Bristol County.

Big problems getting water, especially in the winter. Lots of response time. One bridge goes out or weight limits go down and half the town takes 20 minutes to get to.

I seem to remember a house fire a couple of years ago where a mother and five children died because the people who did get out had to walk a 1/4 mile to even call the volunteer fire department, and then they had to suit up and drive for ten minutes to find that the nearest water that wasn't totally frozen was 1/4 mile a way in NH.

Multiple instances of town fire departments not getting to calls for half an hour in places like Ipswich, Lakeville and even Concord - oops! Too bad! Sorry about your house. Sorry about your wife and babies.

If you think building dense housing "causes these problems" then you seriously need to get a sense of reality and proportion.

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A bit of an exaggeration, perhaps you missed the house that was saved by Lakeville fire the other day? A half hour response?
A lot of these towns have no hydrants but rather rely on tankers for fire fighting and it works pretty well.
I don’t have any utility problems as most of the towns you listed are on well water, oil or propane heat and septic meaning we don’t need to rely on anyone for our utilities.

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You'll get to 200 families affected eventually.
I was commenting about how one incident stresses alot of families.
In this case they are incredibly inconvenienced, rather than displaced fortunately. I suppose the Lawrence gas incident would be an example of alot of people being affected and housing density not being a factor, or the MBTA water main failure a few years ago. I guess it just proves our utilities are more fragile than many of us are prepared for and fire and weather are always a risk.

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