Maine building explosion leaves 1 firefighter dead, at least 6 injured, official says

Maine building explosion leaves 1 firefighter dead, at least 6 injured, official says

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A firefighter was dead and at least six people were injured in an explosion Monday morning at a Maine building that provides support for people with disabilities, officials said.

The building in Farmington, roughly 70 miles north of Portland, was evacuated when someone smelled gas, local official Scott Landry told The Associated Press. The explosion happened after firefighters arrived on scene.

The explosion was reported at LEAP, described on its website as "a private nonprofit organization devoted to enabling individuals with developmental, cognitive and intellectual disabilities."

Heard for miles around, the blast took place around 8:30 a.m. Videos and pictures from the scene show debris raining down on homes and buildings in the neighborhood.

This is a developing story; please check back for updates.

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