FARMINGTON – In a time of need the Farmington community is coming together after the explosion. Neighbors are opening their doors as a place to stay, donations are being sent to the fire department and companies are raising funds for the victims.
Community members are saying it’s a long recovery process from here but the town manager said their community is receiving the help to get them through it.
“I can’t express enough my gratitude of all the out pouring of support we’ve had. Our community is fully protected and we’re so thankful,” said Town Manager, Richard Davis.
Davis said the Farmington Fire Department is the only department in the area with a full time staff.
With the death of Fire Captain Michael Bell and six other firefighters injured, Richard Davis said as soon as other fire stations heard the news responders jumped into action to help.
“We have full coverage. People shouldn’t worry about fire protection for our community,” Davis said.
“There are firefighters here manning our station from as far away as South Portland, we’ve had Lewiston folks here, Augusta, several other departments have offered their assistance,” he said.
Davis said people are also raising money to support the families of the firefighters and the victims of the explosion.
“We’re getting all sorts of donations of food and water and donations to a couple of funds we have set up if people want to help out with that and the response has just been overwhelming,” Davis said.
While the community is helping those affected by the tragedy, Farmington Public Works officials are talking about what comes next.
Several roads were closed and the highway shut down Monday and part of Tuesday.
“We were able to get the highway back open at 8 p.m. It was a good collaboration between local public works and also the Maine Department of Transportation,” said Philip Hutchins, the public works director in Farmington.
Hutchins said as of right now they’re not sure how or when clean up will happen. Public works needs to get more information before making those decisions.
“There may be some traffic relays in the near future depending on where we stand with the rest of the cleanup,” Hutchins said.
He said drivers have been understanding of the delays and thanks them for their cooperation.
For more information about where you can donate you can visit the Town of Farmington website.