Gov. Baker Calls For Fund For Merrimack Valley Aid

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(Carl Stevens/WBZ NewsRadio 1030)

LAWRENCE (WBZ-AM) -- Gov. Charlie Baker said a foundation to help those impacted by the gas-related fires and explosions in Andover, North Andover, and Lawrence last week will soon be established.

Flanked by Lawrence Mayor Dan Rivera and town managers from Andover and North Andover, Gov. Baker announced he expects a foundation to be set up soon that will be able to take in sizable donations--and then get the money to where it is needed.

"What I am really focused on, and what I think all of us are really focused on, is making sure that we have a mechanism in place to deal with the immediate needs of people who were affected by what happened."

Over the next several days, they hope to get a name for the fund and set up logistics--both on the ground and online--to get the fund up and running by the end of the week.

"I promise you there's all sorts of things that are going to happen over the course of the next weeks and months that are gonna need a solution and an answer, and it's gonna have to happen in a relatively short period of time," Baker said.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030's Carl Stevens (@carlwbz) reports

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