A massive building explosion happened Monday at 313 Farmington Falls Road. The town is about 35 miles northwest of Maine's capital, Augusta, and about 75 miles north of Portland.
Firefighters responded to a smell of propane at a home that had been renovated to be the LEAP organization's central office and training space. The building was evacuated when someone smelled gas. It is the central office for LEAP Inc. (Life Enrichment Advancing People), which provides support for people with developmental, cognitive and intellectual disabilities.
The explosion, heard for miles around, appeared to have reduced the building to rubble. Debris filled around the area. A firefighter has died in the explosion. 6 people have been taken to the hospital: 5 firefighters and 1 civilian, a NorthStar Ambulance employee. The injured have been transported to multiple hospitals in Maine and Massachusetts. Fire Chief Terry S. Bell Sr. was among the injured. Multiple regional agencies responded. Route 2 in that area was closed. Traffic was being detoured to Route 156. „Our hearts go out to all those impacted by this tragedy, especially to the loved ones of the firefighter lost and others injured," Maine Gov. Janet Mills tweeted. She also tweeted that she was monitoring the situation closely. The town had assessed the building’s value at $100,000. Multiple homes in the area where damaged.