Gatlinburg Devastated by Wildfires
A fire started by a human on November 23 in the Chimney Tops 2 area of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park spread to the city limits of Gatlinburg by November 28 due to high winds and extremely dry conditions. More than 1,400 structures have been affected by fire, over 140 people have been treated for injuries, and 14 people lost their lives. Talk about the abomination of desolation.
Miraculously, Zoder's Inn and Suites stands intact, like most of the buildings along the Parkway in Gatlinburg. We are working with our insurance to find the best way to proceed from here. Our main priority is the safety and comfort of our guests. When the city reopens on Friday, we want to be able to welcome tourists back in style.
The strip in downtown Gatlinburg looks great, though many businesses have sustained smoke damage. Several funds have been established to help people displaced by wildfires. You can find them by going to wbir.com.
We are donating twenty rooms to the Tennessee Highway Patrol. Officers from many areas have come here to relieve the local police force and they need a place to stay. We are happy to help out in this massive effort of securing and restoring the city.
Local authorities and local businesses are vowing to regroup and rebuild. Gatlinburg will rise from its own ashes. We think Gatlinburg 2.0 will be an even better version of itself. The magic will be restored in our little moutain town.