SEYMOUR, Tenn. (WVLT) People watched in
shock as balls of fire shot into an East Tennessee neighborhood. Folks
in Seymour a local Knoxville news agency they've never seen anything so
"This was like something out of a movie," said Felicia Garcia from
Garcia told WVLT, Knoxville's local CBS affiliate, the fire was caused
by an old tree that fell and landed on the power line during Monday's
"Every time the wind would blow a little bit, it would jerk that tree
and it would send a power ball down the lines," said Betty Garcia from
Garcia immediately shut the breakers off and called 911, and crews
arrived on scene shortly after. Thomas Loveday, an arborist for T & T
Tree Service, told Local 8 News dead trees are disasters waiting to
happen when storms roll through.
"Something devastating like that is a big concern, so that's why we're
here to serve the community, preventative maintenance is going to be the
key," said Loveday.
The sight, sound and smell is something that will be hard for Garcia to
forget, but she told Local 8 News she feels lucky.