The building in Farmington, roughly 70 miles north of Portland, was evacuated when someone smelled gas, local official Scott Landry told The Associated Press. The explosion happened after firefighters arrived on scene to investigate.
The explosion appeared to have reduced to rubble the building used by LEAP, described on its website as "a private nonprofit organization devoted to enabling individuals with developmental, cognitive and intellectual disabilities."
Heard for miles around, the blast took place around 8:30 a.m. Videos and pictures from the scene showed debris raining down on homes and buildings in the neighborhood.
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