Hendersonville family discovers iconic lodge was spared in Gatlinburg fire

(Courtesy: YourCabin.com)
(Courtesy: YourCabin.com)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A Hendersonville family that owns an iconic lodge in Gatlinburg was amazed to discover their building escaped fire damage, despite previous reports that it had been destroyed.

“It’s a very special place with lots of memories,” said Betty Townsend. Betty is the owner’s sister.

She says her brother built the place from the ground up in 2006.

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The lodge sleeps 29 people and was often rented by vacationers. But when it wasn’t, it was filled with family and friends.

On Tuesday, the owners saw a picture of Ripley’s Aquarium. In the background, the pictures showed flames tearing across the mountain their cabin was built upon.

The owner told News 2 on Wednesday that they had received a call at 6 a. m. Tuesday from their property manager. She was in tears when she said told them the lodge was lost to the fire.

The report was also confirmed by a fireman and that was all the family had to go on.

On Wednesday the owners received confirmation pictures from their management company that showed the building was still standing.

“Our Amazing Grace was saved by the grace of God! All my bible verses stood strong in the doorways. I am so happy. It’s time to start building,” said the owner.

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