Maine building explosion leaves 1 firefighter dead, at least 6 injured, official says

Maine building explosion leaves 1 firefighter dead, at least 6 injured, official says

A firefighter was dead and at least six people were injured in an explosion Monday morning at a newly-built Maine building that provides support for people with disabilities, officials said.

The building in Farmington, roughly 70 miles north of Portland, was evacuated when someone smelled gas, local official Scott Landry told The Associated Press. The explosion happened after firefighters arrived on scene.

A building explosion in Farmington, Maine, left at least one firefighter dead and six other people injured, officials said. (Jacob Gage)

The explosion was reported at LEAP, described on its website as “a private nonprofit organization devoted to enabling individuals with developmental, cognitive and intellectual disabilities.”

Heard for miles around, the blast took place around 8:30 a.m. Videos and pictures from the scene show debris raining down on homes and buildings in the neighborhood.

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

The explosion was reported at LEAP, an organization that aides people with disabilities. (Jacob Gage)

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Gov. Janet Mills tweety she was “closely monitoring” the explosion and said: “Our hearts go out to all those impacted by this tragedy, especially to the loved ones of the firefighter lost and others injured. I am grateful for the work of first responders who are at the scene and urge Maine people to avoid the area.”

According to Landry, the building was only a few weeks old. He said it’s now “spread all over creation.”

This is a developing story; please check back for updates. The Associated Press contributed to this report.


Source : Nicole Darrah Link

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