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Maine firefighter killed in explosion that destroyed building


REPORTING LIVE IN MANCHESTER,
ANDY HERSHBERGER. JENNIFER: BREAKING NEWS TONIGHT. WE NOW KNOW THE NAME OF THE FIRE
FIGHTER KILLED IN THIS EXPLOSION
IN MAINE. CAPTAIN MICHAEL BELL WAS A
30-YEAR VETERAN OF THE
FARMINGTON FIRE DEPARTMENT, AND
THE BROTHER OF THE CHIEF, WHO
WAS ALSO SERIOUSLY HURT. INVESTIGATORS SAY CAPTAIN BELL
DIED WHEN A GAS EXPLOSION
DESTROYED A BUILDING
SEVEN WERE INJURED IN THE BLAST
, INCLUDING A FATHER AND SON WHO
ARE ALSO FIREFIGHTERS IN FARMINGTON. WE ARE LEARNING IT COULD HAVE AN
EVEN WORSE. EMPLOYEES THEIR SAID A
MAINTENANCE WORKER SMELLED GAS
AND CAME THROUGH AND EVACUATED
THEM JUST MOMENTS BEFORE THE
BUILDING BLEW UP.>>I JUST KIND OF WENT AROUND
BEHIND THE SHED AND TALKED —
TUCKED. THINGS WERE FLYING EVERYWHERE. IT WAS CRAZY. IF IT HADN’T HAVE BEEN FOR
LARRY, WE PROBABLY WOULD HAVE
BEEN IN THE BUILDING.>>I CAME OUT, MUST HAVE BEEN A
MINUTE OR TWO AFTERWARDS, AND IT
JUST LOOKED LIKE A SNOWSTORM,
ALL THIS INSULATION THAT WAS
COMING UP IN THE AIR. IT WAS CRAZY, JUST LIKE A WAR
ZONE.>>WE TRAIN, BUT I DON’T KNOW
THAT WE’VE EVER TRAINED FOR
SOMETHING THAT WE SAW THIS
MORNING. WE CERTAINLY DON’T, YOU KNOW,
EXPECT TO LOSE SOMEBODY THAT
WE’VE WORKED WITH FOR YEARS AND
A LOVED ONE. A MEMBER OF OUR FAMILY. JENNIFER: THE BUILDING WAS THE
OFFICE FOR AN ORGANIZATION THAT
HELPS PEOPLE WITH COGNITIVE
DISABILITIES. INVESTIGATORS ARE STILL WORKING
TO CONFIRM EXACTLY WHAT CA

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