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‘We remain hopeful’: Injured maintenance worker still critical weeks after Maine explosion, says family

A upkeep supervisor — who has been credited with saving lives by evacuating a constructing in Farmington, Maine, earlier than it exploded in September — stays in crucial situation with the accidents he sustained within the blast, his household mentioned Sunday. 

Larry Lord was one in all seven injured when a propane explosion leveled the constructing that housed a nonprofit on September 16. A Farmington firefighter, 68-year-old Michael Bell, was killed.

Authorities mentioned Lord evacuated a minimum of a dozen workers from the constructing when the odor of fuel was detected, then went again into the constructing with firefighters simply earlier than the explosion occurred. He suffered extreme burns over half of his physique, damaged bones, and important a number of traumas, his household mentioned on the GoFundMe web page set as much as assist him and his household. 

On Sunday, the household thanked the neighborhood for the outpouring of assist and love they’ve skilled. 

“We take great comfort and inspiration from your prayers, positive thoughts and kind words and support,” they wrote on GoFundMe. “It means the world to us. And we know Larry is strengthened by your kindness. We are deeply humbled and extremely grateful. Please keep Larry in your prayers.”

Lord’s docs at Mass. General Hospital nonetheless think about Lord’s situation as “critical,” they mentioned. 

“We remain hopeful and are amazed by Larry’s strength and courage,” Lord’s household wrote. “He continues to receive the best possible care here and we are with him every day. The medical team here has been wonderful.”

According to the Morning Sentinel, 11 houses have been destroyed within the blast, leaving 30 folks homeless.

An investigation into the blast discovered {that a} broken gas line induced the 400-gallon propane tank to empty, with a lot of the fuel settling into the constructing’s basement earlier than the explosion, the AP reviews. Lord evacuated the constructing after smelling the propane and seeing the tank was empty. 

On Friday, Maine Medical Center launched updates on the circumstances of the 2 firefighters who stay hospitalized from the explosion. Scott Baxter was upgraded from severe to “fair,” and Farmington Chief Terry Bell, whose brother Michael was killed, was upgraded from truthful to “satisfactory.”

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