An errant vehicle left a mess Thursday when it sparked two small fires at two different schools, police said.
It all started around 2:30 p.m., when a 2013 Nissan Pathfinder that was parked in front of Heritage Middle School rolled down a hill and down the drive before crossing a road and coming to rest.
”It struck a fence and guide wire on an electric line,” Blount County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Marian O’Briant said. “That caused the main power line to break, causing it to spark and set the grass on fire. It also caused the main line to come down and spark a brush fire on some land behind Heritage High School on Pierce Lane.”
The Blount County Fire Department extinguished the fires before Alcoa Electric Department employees repaired the damage.
The car’s owner, Cathy Amos of Memorial Drive, Maryville, wasn’t cited after the incident.
”She was not in the vehicle when it rolled downhill,” O’Briant said. “The deputy who worked the accident did not know whether or not the vehicle was running when it rolled downhill, as the vehicle was not running when he arrived.”