STACYVILLE, Maine — Three people, including two girls, were injured early Wednesday evening during a severe thunderstorm that swept through north central Penobscot and south central Aroostook counties.
The injuries occurred in Stacyville, a small town in Penobscot County, Assistant Fire Chief John Cummings said Thursday.
According to Cummings, firefighters were called to 913 Station Road after fielding a report at about 6 p.m. that a tree had fallen on some power lines and sparked a fire.
When firefighters arrived at the scene, Cummings said they found that a power line had fallen on top of two girls, striking the backs of their legs.
Allison Botting, 11, was the most severely injured, according to Marilyn McNally, her great-aunt. McNally said Thursday that Botting suffered second- and third-degree burns to her legs and was taken to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor. She later was transferred to Shriners Hospital in Boston.
Botting’s sister, Ashley Paradis, 18, also suffered burns to the back of her legs. She was taken to Houlton Regional Hospital for treatment and was released a short time later, according to McNally.
The girls’ stepfather, Terry Holland, suffered arm and shoulder injuries when he tried to move the power line off of Botting. A jolt of electricity threw Holland several feet after he touched the line, McNally said.
Cummings said that the trio apparently had gone outside to look at the tree that had caught fire. As they were watching, the tree fell to the ground and brought the power lines down on the girls, he said.
The National Weather Service in Caribou issued a tornado warning Wednesday effective between 5 and 5:30 p.m. for the north central Penobscot and south central Aroostook area. Weather officials went to the area Thursday to determine if a tornado was responsible for the downed trees and other damage. An official said the re-sults of the investigation would not be available until Friday.
Donations are being accepted to help pay for the girls’ medical care. Anyone interested in donating to the fund can make checks payable to Nicole Botting. Donations can be mailed to the Stacyville town office, P.O. Box 116, Stacyville 04777. Note that the donation is for the Botting family in the memo line.