FARMINGTON – Fire investigators from the state fire marshal’s office reached out to federal partners for assistance determining the cause of a deadly explosion in town on Monday.
Investigators were back on the scene Tuesday but say it’s going to be a “long process” in terms of pinpointing what went wrong.
“It’s a slow methodical process that is going to take some time,” said fire investigator Sgt. Ken Grimes. “I do not have any answers at this time as far as exactly what transpired.”
He added, “The actual scene itself was a tremendous explosion. It was, I’ve done a number of explosions in buildings over the years and it’s the worst one I’ve seen as far as structural damage and neighborhood damage.”
Fire investigators from the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms are providing extra hands to help determine the cause, Grimes said.
Capt. Mike Bell was killed in the explosion and five other firefighters, including his brother Chief Terry Bell, were injured, along with maintenance manager Larry Lord.
Officials say they will give an update tomorrow and they hope to have some answers by the end of the week.
There are several places where people can help out.
A GoFundMe page has been set up to help with medical expenses for Larry Lord, and donations for firefighters can be sent to the Farmington Fire Benevolent Association, 153 Farmington Falls Road, Farmington Maine 04938.