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Gatlinburg Fire Damage: Before & After Photos

GATLINBURG, TN - NOVEMBER 29: Trevor Cates, walks through the smoldering remains of the fellowship hall of his church, the Banner Missionary Baptist Church as he inspects damage after a widfire November 29, 2016 in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. Thousands of people have been evacuated from the area and over 100 houses and businesses were damaged or destroyed. Drought conditions and high winds helped the fire spread through the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images)

Trevor Cates, walks through the smoldering remains of the fellowship hall of his church, the Banner Missionary Baptist Church as he inspects damage after a wildfire November 29, 2016 in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. (Getty)

As devastating fires swept through Gatlinburg, Tennessee, more than 14,000 people were forced to evacuate from their homes. The fire is mostly under control now, but three died and more than 400 businesses and homes were left burned or destroyed. Residents described the scene as “walking through hell.” Parts of Tennessee will never be the same. Below, you’ll find before-and-after photos showing the damage left from the state’s largest wildfire in 100 years.

Winds of more than 87 mph fanned the flames and helped them spread, causing greater damage. A curfew was put in place for Tuesday night and at least a dozen people were injured. Despite the damage, some places escaped mostly unscathed. Dollywood was left mostly without significant damage. And Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies reported later on Tuesday that the animals left behind were doing fine, ABC 7 reported. However, other places weren’t so lucky. Westgate Smoky Mountain Resort & Spa may be entirely gone, the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency announced.

According to residents and news reports, attractions, resorts, and businesses that were destroyed or severely damaged include:

  • Westgate Smoky Mountain Resort & Spa
  • Parts of Ski Mountain Road
  • Mountain Lodge Restaurant
  • Bolze Mansion
  • Eight Gables Inn B&B
  • Roaring Fork Baptist Church

(For a complete list of businesses that were destroyed or damaged in the fire, see Heavy’s story here.)

Here are before and after photos shared that show the damage left in the wake of the fire.


Ski Mountain Road, Before & After

This is Ski Mountain Road, before the fire and after:

And this is another before-and-after GIF of Ski Mountain Road:


Gatlinburg Homes, Before & After

On Twitter, Derrall Stalvey shared this photo from a high school friend, showing a before-and-after shot of her parents’ home in Gatlinburg:

And here is another home in Gatlinburg, after and before the fire:


Mountain Lodge Restaurant, Before & After

Here is the Mountain Lodge Restaurant in Gatlinburg, before and during the fire:


Westgate Resort, Before & After

And this is the Westgate Resort, which was left completely destroyed:

Here’s another photo of the Westgate Resort:


Bolze Mansion, Before & After

The Bolze Mansion on 935 Campbell Lead Rd. was also destroyed:


Eight Gables Inn, Before & After Photos

The Eight Gables Inn Bed & Breakfast is also gone:


Roaring Fork Baptist Church, Before & After Photos

Roaring Fork Baptist Church was also destroyed:


River House Motor Lodge, Before & After Photos

This before and after photo was shared on Facebook. Annette Bramblett McEntyre wrote: “This is where we stayed when we were there a couple weeks ago.”


Additional Locations in Gatlinburg, Before & After Photos

And next is a chapel in Gatlinburg that was destroyed:

And here is a photo of the Park Vista Hotel in Gatlinburg. Although the hotel was damaged, newer reports say that it survived the fire.

And here is the Welcome Center sign:

For more information about the fire, please see these stories below:

Gatlinburg Fire Damage: List of Destroyed Businesses & Landmarks

Which businesses and landmarks were destroyed in the Gatlinburg fire and which escaped unscathed? See the latest list here.

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Gatlinburg Fire: The Photos You Need to See

Thousands have been evacuated from Gatlinburg, a Tennessee city popular with tourists that is facing wildfires. Here are dramatic photos of the scene.

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Gatlinburg Fires: Victim’s Stories & How to Help

Dozens of Gatlinburg, Tennessee residents have lost everything to the wildfires, and need help now more than ever. Click through the gallery of victim's stories with links to donate.

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Photos: Gatlinburg Fire Missing & Displaced Pets

With the devastating Gatlinburg , Tennessee wildfires also comes many missing and displaced pets. Click through the gallery of lost and found to see how you can help.

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