Blast in Maine kills firefighter, levels special-needs

The explosion injured six after a maintenance worker from the building had reported a gas odor, leading employees to evacuate.
1:50 | 09/16/19

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and to the deadly explosion. Firefighters had just been called amid fears of gas. When they got to the scene, the explosion. Smoke from the blast obscuring the sun. Debris falling from the sky. This is from farmington, Maine. One of the firefighters who had just arrived on the scene because of those early calls was then killed. Multiple injuries tonight. And ABC's gio Benitez is on the scene for us. Reporter: Tonight, the apocalyptic scenes. Debris and ash falling from the sky, after that devastating building explosion in central Maine. The blast completely leveling this special needs center, damaging nearby homes and coating the surrounding area in dust. The impact blew our walls off and everything's ruined by it. It is what it is. Just thankful to be alive. Reporter: A maintenance worker from the building reporting a gas odor just after 8:00 A.M., leading employees to evacuate. The explosion erupting as farmington firefighters were on the scene investigating. The blast injuring six and killing one firefighter. Colleagues paid tribute to their fallen comrade as the body was removed from the site. Tonight, as authorities sift through the rubble, employees are calling that maintenance worker who reported the odor a If he hadn't been putting tables away in the basement at that time, we all would have within in that building when that happened. Just incredible pictures from that scene. Gio Benitez live at the scene of the explosion in Maine tonight. And gio, we're learning more about that fallen firefighter end and his brother also on the scene there? Reporter: That's right, that firefighter was a captain, he's 68 years old. His brother, the fire chief, he was also injured in this blast. Four other firefighters were sent to the icu. Investigators are here searching for answers, but no doubt about it, David, this community is in mourning. Gio Benitez tonight, thank We have new reporting this

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