Middle Tennessee family’s cabin burns down in Gatlinburg

(Photo: WKRN)
(Photo: WKRN)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – An eight-bedroom lodge near downtown Gatlinburg was destroyed by the wildfire.

The owners are from Hendersonville and were on their way to Sevier County when WKRN spoke with their family in Nashville.

“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.

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

Related: Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge wildfire evacuation information

“The memories aren’t gone but the cabin is gone,” said Townsend. “It breaks my heart.”

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 family doesn’t know what the next step will be, but they’re fearful the Gatlinburg they once knew is gone, too.

“There’s a lot of history there,” said Townsend. “They can rebuild Gatlinburg and I’m sure it’ll be wonderful but I can’t imagine it will ever be the same.”

The owners were heading to Gatlinburg with the hope something is left of their property for posterity.

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