Maine Propane Explosion Kills Firefighter, Injures 6 Others


Those injured include five firefighters and a maintenance director of the building, said Rep. Scott Landry.

Farmington, located along Route 2 in western-central ME about 35 miles northwest of Augusta, had about 7,760 residents as of the 2010 Census.

Mills said the cause of the incident is now under investigation.

Farmington police confirm that one firefighter was killed and six others were injured in an explosion Monday morning.

"It's a war zone here", Landry said from the scene.

The state's largest hospital, Maine Medical Center in Portland, says its trauma teams expect to treat some victims. Landry is also a state representative.

"My stepdad was first on scene after the explosion", he told CNN.

People evacuated the building after the odor of gas was detected, the Associated Press reported.

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One person is reported dead after a Monday morning explosion on Farmington Falls Road in Farmington.

The explosion occurred after officials were investigating a propane smell at the LEAP facility.

The blast injured four other firefighters, including the town's fire chief; one employee of the nonprofit center; and one ambulance worker, officials said.

The blast around 8:30 a.m. was heard for miles and had enough force to blow a vehicle across an intersection.

Video of the aftermath of the explosion is being shared on social media, showing clouds of smoke and debris in the air.

The Franklin County Sheriff's Department in ME says firefighters are responding to a building explosion that rocked the town of Farmington and a county sheriff says there are injuries. The building is the central office for LEAP Inc., which provides support for people with developmental, cognitive and intellectual disabilities.

Kim Hilton, who works at the nearby University of ME at Farmington, told the Associated Press that the blast rocked her building, too.

The conditions of the injured firefighters weren't immediately known.

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