Maine Regulators Suspend Crematorium Services

LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — Maine regulators have filed an order to suspend the operations and the funeral license of Affordable Cremation Solutions after the remains of 11 people were discovered in an unrefrigerated room.

An investigator said that the “odor of decomposition” coming from downstairs gave him a headache while he waited in the upstairs office last week, the Sun Journal reported.

According to the investigator, at least eight of the bodies had been there since mid-May, and one that was too big for a body bag was in an unsealed box.

Regulators deemed the situation hazardous and moved to suspend operations Monday.

The suspension is for 30 days, pending a formal hearing that is scheduled for July 13.

An employee at Affordable Cremation told the publication Wednesday that the establishment had no comment.