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Pigeon Forge resort fire in Knoxville, Tennessee sees mass evacuations underway as firefighters battle massive blaze

A MASS evacuation was underway in the Parkside Resort area of ​​Knoxville, Tennessee when firefighters faced a massive blaze.

According to the Wears Valley Fire Department, the fire was near Little Cove Road and Pine Mountain Road in Pigeon Forge.

Mass evacuation is underway

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Mass evacuation is underway
Firefighters continue to battle large flames

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Firefighters continue to battle large flamesCredit: WATE abc 6
Parkside Resort is located in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee

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Parkside Resort is located in Pigeon Forge, TennesseeCredit: Parkside Resort / Facebook

WATE The fire is now 45% under control as of 9pm local time.

The evacuation order has also been lifted.

Parkside Resorts CEO Brandy Hanwell told WATE The fire is resort property.

About 200 people were evacuated from the resort, according to reports.

The resort released an updated statement shortly before 9pm local time about Facebook page.

“Great update! All guests cleared to return to their cabins. Fire Department will be on duty all night.”

An initial article reported on evacuation orders.

“According to many people there has been a fire at the Parkside resort. At this time, we have evacuated the resort but there are no structural fires.

“Fortunately, it is raining right now and we believe this will be rectified soon.

“We’ll keep Everyone updated as we receive new information.”

The Wears Valley Fire Department initially announced an evacuation order at around 6 p.m. local time.

A post on the fire department Facebook page provided additional information.

“If you’re staying at the Parkside Resort within a 2 mile radius of that location DROP IMMEDIATELY.

“A temporary shelter is being established at Pigeon Forge Community Center. 170 Community Center Drive, Pigeon Forge.”

Parkside Resort is located in the Great Smoky Mountains, just 15 minutes from the famous Dollywood resort.

Named after owner Dolly Parton, Dollywood is a 160-acre resort and theme park with cabins, entertainment, dining and more.

The situation is still ongoing at this time.

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