DENMARK, Maine — Two men were injured in a pair of lightning strikes in Denmark. It happened Sunday evening when one of several thunderstorms pushed through southern Maine before heading out to sea.
“The sky was black and the rain was coming down pretty hard. And there was just lightning everywhere,” Denmark Fire Chief Dana Costello said.
Costello says firefighters were called to a home on Route 160 after a lightning strike knocked down power lines, which fell on a gold car with the car’s owner inside it.
Denmark firefighters managed to rescue a stunned Jan Lusky from his car. Firefighter Ryan Lord helped Lusky up the stairs to his home to wait for paramedics. That’s when a second lightning strike hit an antenna on the metal roof of the house.
“When my fireman was escorting the gentlemen to his house, it was like a million-dollar lightning strike. As soon as he grabbed the door, the screen door porch handle, lightning struck the house,” Costello said.
Costello and several of his firefighters were standing in the pouring rain when the lightning hit. “All I saw was just a flash of reddish pink,” Costello said.
Costello says the next thing he remembers is his rescue chief calling for a second ambulance. The firefighter and homeowner suffered indirect lightning hits. Both were treated and released from a local hospital. Costello says both men tell him they’re doing just fine.
“They’re very lucky. I mean, it could have been a lot worse. But I’m very glad that both of them are OK,” Costello said.
Costello says he tells people to stay in their car or home when lightning is near, or to find a low-lying area if you’re caught outside.