Farmington Explosion (Selby Landmann)
FARMINGTON — A firefighter has been killed and six people are injured following a massive explosion in Farmington Monday morning, according to the state’s fire marshall.
State Fire Marshall Joe Thomas said, the fire claimed the life of 68-year-old Capt. Michael Bell. Bell was a 30-year member of the Farmington Fire Department.
The explosion happened at Leap Inc. on Farmington Falls Road around 8:30 a.m., according to deputies.
Six other people also were injured in the explosion.
According to Maine Public Safety Department spokesperson Steve McCausland, among the injured was Terry Bell, brother of the deceased firefighter.
McCausland said the five other injured firefighters were Capt. Timothy Hardy, Captain Scott Baxter, and his father, firefighter Theodore Baxter, plus Joseph Hastings.
Deputy Fire Chief Clyde Ross was treated and released from Franklin Memorial Hospital.
Authorities said, Larry Lord, a maintenance worker at the facility that exploded was taken by helicopter to Mass General Hospital in Boston.
The Maine Department of Transportation issued a statement saying Route 2 would be closed while the incident was under investigation. Traffic was being detoured to Route 156.
People in the area said the explosion shook nearby buildings.