ALBION — A Clinton man has been charged in connection with a fire that destroyed a mobile home in Albion on Friday that left a teenager with minor burns.
The Maine Forest Service summoned Charles Frost Jr., 31, on charges of burning without a permit and burning on the land of another without permission, said Lisa Byers, forest ranger investigator for the Maine Forest Service.
The fire on Friday destroyed a mobile home where Frost’s sister, Jessica Alley, lived with her two children on Winslow Road. Byers said the fire originated from a barrel of scrap wood that was burning while Frost was home with his nephew and two other teenagers under the age of 18. The lot, which also includes the former Albion Fitness Club, belongs to Michael Gilman, of Oakland, although the mobile home belonged to Alley.
A 16-year-old boy was treated at the scene for burns to his hand and arm that he received while trying to put the fire out.
Frost said Friday that he had allowed the boys to burn the wood outside the trailer and thought the fire was out when he left with one of them Friday afternoon. He had driven about two miles down the road when the fire rekindled, eventually spreading to the house and the nearby former fitness center building.
“We had made sure it was out, but it was smoldering and the wind just picked it up,” said Frost, rubbing his forehead and trying to comfort his sister while at the scene.
The risk of fire in Kennebec County Friday was a level 3 on the forest service’s five-scale system rating fire danger. Strong winds that day also made having a fire a dangerous situation, said Byers.
Frost is scheduled to appear in Waterville District Court on May 20.
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