Monday, 21 October, 2019

Propane blast kills firefighter, injures his brother, others

The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office is reporting a “huge explosion” on Route 2 on Monday morning The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office is reporting a “huge explosion” on Route 2 on Monday morning
Patty Aguilar | 19 September, 2019, 14:27

A firefighter has been killed in an explosion at a building on Route 2 in Farmington Monday morning, a member of the board of selectmen said.

The explosion happened at about 8:30 a.m. on Monday when fire crews were responding to a propane leak at 313 Farmington Falls Road in Farmington.

The name of the firefighter who was killed has not been released. The Franklin County Sheriff's Department in ME responded to the situation and firefighters are working hard to prevent further damages.

Seven others were injured, including Bell's brother and chief of the fire department, five other firefighters and Larry Lord, a maintenance worker from LEAP.

Emergency vehicles responded to the Farmington explosion Monday morning.

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.

And, he said, "at this time, we are not aware of any further fatalities and we do not know the extent of the injuries of the injured".

The State Fire Marshal's Office will investigate the cause and origin of the blast.

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"The new building is spread all over creation", Landry said.

The blast was so powerful it blew a vehicle across an intersection and damaged nearby buildings.

"I just kind of went around behind the shed and just tucked because things were just flying everywhere", Marston said.

Farmington is a town in Franklin County, about 28 miles northwest of Augusta or 68 miles northeast of Portland.

A town official says a propane gas explosion has destroyed a building in Farmington, Maine, and killed a firefighter. Paper, insulation and building debris rained on the area.

The explosion was reported at LEAP, an organization that aides people with disabilities.

Kim Hilton, who works in the admissions department at the nearby University of ME, told AP that "it felt like someone hit our building with a vehicle".

"We're going to get to the bottom of as much as we possibly can to protect this community, to protect all other communities and make sure this doesn't happen again", she told reporters.

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