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Fire Destroys Mountain Home; 30 Others at Risk

November 15, 2001|From Times Wire Reports

Firefighters were trying to protect hundreds of homes and vacation cabins from a mountain wildfire that destroyed one house and damaged several others.

The blaze burned in a steep area near the foot of Bluff Mountain in Pigeon Forge, said Tom Womack, a spokesman for the state Department of Agriculture. The small resort community is about 30 miles from Knoxville in the Smoky Mountains.

"It's a major fire," said John Fox, emergency management director for Sevier County. About 30 of some 700 homes, mostly rentals, on the mountain were threatened.

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