SUV destroyed in fire: Incident occurred after cleaner added to engine
From Staff Reports
An SUV was destroyed after catching fire Saturday night on Wilkinson Pike, an incident which occurred after the owner added a cleaning agent to the engine.
Authorities and firefighters were dispatched to the 2200 block of Wilkinson Pike near Old Whites Mill Road at 10:17 p.m. after receiving several reports of a vehicle fire.
The vehicle’s owner, Travis E. Roach, of Wilkinson Pike, said he had added a Sea Foam cleaner to his motor oil before driving the 2001 Ford Explorer. He said he had left his residence and turned onto Wilkinson Pike when he heard an explosion and saw flames coming from under his hood. He then drove the vehicle to the shoulder of the roadway.
The Blount County Fire Department sent 10 firefighters and four trucks, with the first units arriving at 10:30 p.m. They had the fire under control at 11:15 p.m. Firefighters cleared the scene at 11:43 p.m. Both lanes of traffic were closed down while authorities were at the scene.
The vehicle, valued at $10,000, was a total loss.
Rural/Metro Ambulance Service responded and treated Roach on the scene, who said he was experiencing back pain, the police report said. There were no other occupants inside the SUV at the time.
AAA responded at Roach’s request and transported the vehicle back to his residence.