FARMINGTON, Maine — Four of the seven people who were injured in Monday morning’s explosion in Farmington that killed a fire captain are in critical condition at hospitals in Portland and Boston.
Maine Medical Center announced just before noon Tuesday that Farmington fire Chief Terry Bell, Capt. Scott Baxter and his father, Theodore Baxter, are in critical condition, while Capt. Timothy Hardy and Joseph Hastings are in fair condition. The building’s maintenance manager, Larry Lord of Jay, is in critical condition at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. A sixth firefighter was treated at a Farmington hospital Monday and released.
The news comes as officials with the Maine fire marshal’s office and the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Firearms, Tobacco and Explosives on Tuesday morning arrived at the scene at 313 Farmington Falls Road, where a two-story building that housed the nonprofit LEAP Inc. exploded following a propane leak. LEAP provides residential services and programming for adults with developmental disabilities.
Sgt. Ken Grimes of the fire marshal’s office said he expects more news about the investigation to be released by week’s end. He called it a “tremendous explosion” that was “the worst one that I have seen in terms of structural damage and neighborhood damage.”
“It’s a slow, methodical process that is going to take some time,” Grimes said of the investigation.