Friday, 18 October, 2019

One Firefighter Dead, Several Injured When Building Explodes In Farmington

'It's a war zone': Propane explosion kills firefighter, injures 6 others in Maine 1 firefighter is dead and multiple people are injured in a building explosion in Maine, authorities say
Patty Aguilar | 17 September, 2019, 03:15

When first responders arrived and began investigating the scene, the building exploded.

Cutler described the explosion scene as "complete chaos".

A maintenance worker is credited with getting several people to safety before a propane explosion leveled a building Monday morning on Route 2.

Sister station WABI reports that the building is the central office for LEAP Inc., which provides support for people with developmental, cognitive and intellectual disabilities.

Latest reports from Franklin County in ME suggests a massive building explosion.

Fire crews from several communities are on the scene of an explosion this morning that's left one firefighter dead and several others with injuries. "I am grateful for the work of first responders who are at the scene and urge Maine people to avoid the area", she said.

According to Landry, the building was only a few weeks old. Town Selectman Scott Landry says one nonprofit employee is also hospitalized.

'It's a war zone': Propane explosion kills firefighter, injures 6 others in Maine

Senator King and members of his staff have been in contact with Maine Governor Janet Mills' office and other local officials, and will continue to monitor this matter as it develops.

The Associated Press reported that in all, six people were injured along with the lone firefighter death.

Kim Hilton, who works in the admissions department at the nearby University of ME at Farmington, said there were scary moment when the blast occurred.

Monday afternoon, the town held a procession for Captain Michael Bell, the firefighter who was killed.

Peck called it an "unfortunate, tragic accident", and said an early investigation showed the explosion may have been caused by a propane or natural gas leak.

We'll update this story as new information becomes available.

Susan Collins issued a statement saying "I am absolutely heartbroken to hear that a firefighter was killed and several others were injured in a awful explosion responding to a call in Farmington this morning".

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