(WBIR) Officials haven't announced what sparked a massive fire that ripped through a Pigeon Forge Resort exactly one year ago today.
The March 17, 2013 fire caused over $11 million worth of damage and affected 73 structures, according to the Emergency Management Agency.
Here's what we do know - the fire started in a cabin at the Black Bear Ridge Resort off Wears Valley Road and spread to 160 acres. By the time firefighters and the rain doused the flames 24 hours later, the fire destroyed 53 homes and damaged 20 others.
The massive fire required one of the largest responses in terms of manpower because so many departments worked together. Emergency Management Agency Director John Mathews said 270 emergency workers from 48 different departments worked around the clock to extinguish the flames. Fortunately, no one was hurt.
One year later, many of the damaged cabins have been repaired, but only one of the cabins destroyed is currently being rebuilt. Tim and Sharon Lavender of Nashville are in the process of constructing a new cabin where their old one burned to the ground. They said they were heartbroken and stunned after learning last year's fire devastated their Pigeon Forge property.
"Sunday afternoon we got a call from our management company at about 4 p.m. who said there was a fire at the resort and that they think our cabin might be involved," said Sharon Lavender. "And then they called back about 15 minutes later and said your cabin has burned to the ground."
The couple said they expect construction on their cabin to wrap up by the end of March.