Another Firefighter Leaves Hospital After Deadly Blast in Maine, But 2 Still in Critical Condition - NECN
Maine

Maine

The latest news from around the state

Another Firefighter Leaves Hospital After Deadly Blast in Maine, But 2 Still in Critical Condition

Firefighter Timothy Hardy was released from the hospital after he was hurt in a propane explosion in Farmington, Maine

    processing...

    NEWSLETTERS

    Recovery Begins After Deadly Maine Building Blast

    After Farmington, Maine, was rattled by a building explosion that killed a firefighter and critically injured others, the town is looking for answers. (Published Friday, Sept. 20, 2019)

    Another firefighter injured in a propane explosion in Farmington, Maine, was released from the hospital, Friday, but two remained in critical condition, including the town's fire chief.

    Officials announced Thursday that Capt. Timothy Hardy was released from Maine Medical Center in Portland. That leaves four people hospitalized in Portland and Boston, with two of them in critical condition as of Friday afternoon.

    The blast at LEAP Inc. killed a firefighter, Capt. Michael Bell, and injured eight other people on Monday.

    Bell's brother, Fire Chief Terry Bell, remained in critical condition at Maine Medical Center, along with Capt. Scott Baxter. Doctors at the hospital upgraded Baxter's father, firefighter Theodore Baxter, to fair condition.

    Acting Farmington, Maine, Fire Chief Speaks After Gas Explosion

    [NECN] Acting Farmington, Maine, Fire Chief Speaks After Gas Explosion

    After an explosion flattened a building and killed a fire captain in Farmington, Maine, Acting Fire Chief Tim Hardy spoke about how the explosion affected the department family and his own.

    (Published Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2019)

    And at Massachusetts General Hospital, LEAP maintenance worked Larry Lord, who was hailed as a hero for evacuating people before the blast, had his condition upgraded to serious from critical on Friday.

    The explosion remains under investigation, and the town has been permanently changed. Thirty people were displaced from a mobile home park near the blast site — insulation was being cleaned up Friday.

    "We need help taking care of the residents, because the Bell family would want these residents back to their normal day, back to their nomal things," said Gerry Pineau of the Westbrook, Maine, Fire Department.

    Leap is relocating. Western Maine Development Group is allowing the nonprofit to use a former Barclay's call center in Wilton.

    There is available space after the call center closed earlier in the year with a loss of more than 200 jobs.

    "Everything's backed up," said LEAP board member Scott Landry, "except what you saw on the ground there ... paperwork, all of it."

    Probe Begins After Maine Explosion Kills Fire Capt.

    [NECN] Probe Begins After Maine Explosion Kills Fire Capt.

    Investigators from the Maine Fire Marshal’s Office and the ATF began processing the scene to pinpoint the source of the explosion as the man it killed was honored with a procession.

    (Published Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2019)

    Get the latest from necn anywhere, anytime

    • Download the App

      Available for IOS and Android