Propane explosion kills Maine firefighter and injures 6 others

Propane explosion kills Maine firefighter and injures 6 others

A man works on September 16 at the scene of a deadly propane explosion that leveled new construction in Farmington, Maine.

The injured included four firefighters, an ambulance worker and an employee for the nonprofit, the police said.

According to planning board records, it looks like the LEAP building was a home that had been renovated to be the organization's central office and training space.

The state's Fire Marshal's Office will investigate the cause and origin of the explosion, she said. She says she is sending her condolences.

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

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

"It's a war zone here", Landry said. Landry is also a state representative. Firefighters were on the scene, just after 8:00 Monday morning, responding to a report of a propane smell.

The building had been evacuated before the explosion happened. One firefighter was killed. Six other people were hurt.

Propane explosion kills Maine firefighter and injures 6 others

The building, which had been recently constructed, was evacuated after the gas smell was reported.

And, she wrote, "I am praying for the firefighters and their families as well as the civilians who were hurt in today's 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.

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

The Franklin County Regional Communications Center put out an advisory shortly after the explosion, warning all nonessential people to avoid the "large incident".

Rubble, papers and what appeared to be insulation covered the street and areas around the explosion site.

Police said he was a longtime member of the department.

The conditions of those injured were not immediately clear.

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