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One firefighter was killed and seven people hurt in a massive explosion in Farmington, Maine, that flattened a building.
One of the firefighters hospitalized after a gas explosion in Farmington, Maine, this week was released from the hospital Wednesday, health officials said, but three others remain in critical condition.
Seven people were hurt in total, and one killed, in Monday's blast at a nonprofit for people with disabilities. Farmington Fire Chief Terry Bell, Capt. Scott Baxter and his father, firefighter Theodore Baxter, were still in critical condition as of 3:30 p.m., the Maine Medical Center said in a statement.
Bell's brother, Captain Michael Bell, was killed in the powerful explosion, which remains under investigation.
Firefighter Joseph Hastings was released, receiving a police and fire escort home in Farmington. His health had improved Tuesday, along with firefighter Timothy Hardy, who remains in the hospital in satisfactory condition.
"I want to thank the Farmington community, my firefighter brothers and sisters, my family and everyone who has offered their support," Hastings said in a statement released through the hospital.
Watching Hastings' escort was Rachel Decker, who said she was experiencing mixed emotions.
"Someone's coming home and that's happy but knowing that others are behind him and they are going through pain right now — it's really heart-wrenching to see," she said.
An employee of the flattened facility, Larry Lord, remains hospitalized at Massachusetts General.