An inexperienced, unlicensed driver crashed into a power pole on Friday, Oct. 11, temporarily displacing occupants of 24 units of a Burnsville apartment complex.

The incident occurred at Burnsville Pointe Apartments, 3809 Sibley St. After repairs were made, the displaced occupants were back in their apartments by Monday, Oct. 14, said Doug Nelson, Burnsville assistant fire chief and fire marshal. The Red Cross helped occupants of eight units find temporary shelter.

“One person created a lot of drama for a lot of people,” Nelson said.

Police were called at 1:58 p.m. Oct. 11 after the driver, an 18-year-old woman, hit two cars and the light pole, which hit two other cars, Burnsville police Capt. Matt Smith said.

Wire from the pole connected to the two buildings was damaged, causing some small fires and damaging the grounding, Nelson said. Nonworking smoke alarms showed evidence of “arc flashes,” he said.

Because of potential fire hazards the Fire Department evacuated all the units, Nelson said.

The driver, not a resident of the complex, was cited for driving without a license and careless driving, Smith said.

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