1 Firefighter Dead, 6 People Injured In A Building Explosion In Maine

 Monday, September 16, 2019

 NBC News

A firefighter was killed and at least seven more people were injured when a building in Maine housing a center for people with disabilities exploded Monday morning.

The Farmington Fire Department responded a call about a "gas smell" at the administrative building for Life Enrichment Advancing People (LEAP), an organization that helps disadvantaged and disabled adults, just after 8 a.m., according to a statement from the Farmington Police Department.

"Upon arrival and while investigating the scene, the building exploded," the statement said.

One firefighter was killed, and seven other people, including four firefighters, a LEAP maintenance worker and a NorthStar ambulance employee, were injured, according to police. The extent of the injuries was not immediately known.
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