In the wake of the terrible explosion in Farmington on Monday morning, September 16th that resulted in 1 firefighter dead and 7 people injured, Governor Janet Mills has directed that the United States and State of Maine flags should be flown at half-staff immediately through sunset on Wednesday, September 18, 2019.

Governor Mills said

"Farmington is a strong, close-knit and resilient community, of which I am proud to be a part. This loss is devastating and felt by all of Maine. My heart goes out to the loved ones of the firefighter lost and those injured. On this tragic day, I ask the people of Maine to join with me in offering our thoughts and prayers to the people of Franklin County and our deepest gratitude to our first responders."

Governor Mills visited the site of the explosion earlier today and received a briefing from local and state officials. She also visited the central operations center near the site as well as the Farmington Fire Department where she thanked the firefighters for their work and service to Maine.

She will issue an additional flag lowering directive upon the release of funeral arrangement details for the deceased