GATLINBURG (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, says all of the building survived except for two dorms: Hughes Hall and Wild Wing, and a maintenance building holding all of the equipment. TEMA said there are currently 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.”
There is limited power at the facility and no phone service. None of the employees lost their homes and they were able to evacuate.
Changes were made to the school’s programming, Holiday classes for December 10 are canceled. The ArtReach program is canceled until notice.
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