Veteran fire captain killed in massive explosion that demolished Maine building
A 68-year-old Maine fire captain was killed and six people were injured from a powerful explosion at a building Monday morning, leaving a fire department in mourning, according to officials.
Farmington Fire Capt. Michael Bell, a 30-year member of the department, died while responding to reports of a propane smell at a local Farmington business, according to Maine State Police.
The building — the central office for LEAP, a program that supports homes for developmentally disabled people — exploded minutes after responders arrived, flattening the two-story structure, according to police.
The cause of the explosion is believed to be an accidental propane or natural gas leak, said Farmington police chief Jack Peck.