Local firefighters put the emphasis on helping their own after an explosion on Monday in Farmington that killed a veteran firefighter and critically injured several others.
A year after Chief Terry Bell joined the Farmington Fire Department in the 1970’s, Acting Fire Chief Tim Hardy joined the department. Bell’s brother Michael had been with the department for 30 years before he died in Mondays’s propane gas explosion. Hardy says everyone in the fire department is doing what they can to help the Bell family and the families of other firefighters still hospitalized.
The investigation into the cause of the deadly explosion Monday at the LEAP central office building on Route 2 continued Thursday.
According to Farmington Police Chief Jack Peck Capt. Timothy “TD” Hardy was discharged Thursday afternoon from Maine Medical Center in Portland
“We can’t begin to thank EVERYONE enough for the kind words, support in many ways and phenomenal care all around,” Hardy’s wife, Bett, wrote in an update. “Please keep your thoughts and prayers with the Bell families, Baxter family, the Lord family and all the other responders as they fight and heal physically and emotionally. The communities’ support means more than we could ever express — thank you all and please keep that positive energy coming.”
After Joseph Hastings release from Maine Medical Center on Wednesday, a procession of firetrucks and emergency vehicles escorted him through town.
Fire Rescue Chief Terry Bell, 62, Capt. Scott Baxter, 37, and his father, firefighter Theodore “Ted” Baxter, 64, were being treated at Maine Medical Center in Portland, according to information provided by the hospital.
LEAP which stands for, Life Enrichment Advancing People, is a nonprofit that works with individuals that have developmental and cognitive disabilities.According to WMTW Channel 8, Western Maine Development on Weld Rd. in Wilton offered LEAP rent free office space. The only thing they would need to pay is utilities.
Gil Reed, who owns the development company with Mark Berry, said they are in the process of drawing up terms of the lease for the 15,000-square-foot building, which will be a month-to-month occupancy, according to WMTW.
Reed said he and Berry wanted to do something for the community and that LEAP is “in pretty bad need right now,” according to the report.