Farmington Firefighters Update: 3 Remain In Critical Condition, 2 Released From Hospital

by America's Keepers on September 20, 2019
FARMINGTON — In the wake of Monday's explosion in Farmington that killed a veteran firefighter and critically injured several others, local fire department officials say they are focused on helping their own.

Acting Fire Chief Tim Hardy started work at the Farmington Fire Department the year after Chief Terry Bell joined in the 1970’s. Bell’s brother Michael, who died in Monday's propane gas explosion, had been with the department for 30 years. Hardy says everybody in the department is doing what they can to help the Bell family and the families of other firefighters still hospitalized.  

As the investigation into what caused a deadly explosion Monday at the LEAP central office building on Route 2 continued Thursday, it was learned that Capt. Timothy “TD” Hardy was discharged Thursday afternoon from Maine Medical Center in Portland, according to Farmington Police Chief Jack Peck.

“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.”

Joseph Hastings was released from Maine Medical Center on Wednesday. He was escorted into town by a procession of firetrucks and emergency vehicles.

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.

Life Enrichment Advancing People (LEAP) has been offered rent-free office space by Western Maine Development on Weld Road (Route 156) in Wilton, according to WMTW Channel 8. LEAP is a nonprofit that works with people with developmental and cognitive disabilities.

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.

The building in Wilton is where Barclaycard was located. LEAP will only be required to pay the utilities. The location is move-in ready.

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.

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by Ann Branch on September 22, 2019

My prayers go out to the families,and all the firefighters. God be with all of you. Micheal, we got it from here brother.