Gatlinburg wildfire threatens Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts

Wildfire on Chimney Top in Great Smoky Mountains National Park (Courtesy: WATE/Report It! Chris Higgins)
Wildfire on Chimney Top in Great Smoky Mountains National Park (Courtesy: WATE/Report It! Chris Higgins)

GATLINBURG, Tenn. (WATE) – The Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts was one of many buildings and cabins damaged by Monday night’s series of wildfires in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge.

Strong winds caused a wildfire on Chimney Top Mountain in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park to spread rapidly into the Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge. Areas were evacuated, including the school.

Executive Director of Arrowmont, Bill May, shared photos of fires consuming the arts center. TEMA said there are currently at least 30 structures on fire in Gatlinburg.

“All Arrowmont personnel are safe,” said May. “When I left campus the fire was approaching from the hillside above campus. Two of our dorms are gone and Red Barn was surrounded by fire.”

Click here to view News 2’s continuing coverage of the Sevier County wildfire.