A string of fires in Sevier County Monday destroyed a couple homes and burned several acres of land. Making matters worse, firefighters say they all started around the same.

The Sevier County Fire Department says four fires started between 2 o'clock and 4:30 Monday afternoon.

First firefighters battled a brush fire near Gatlinburg that burned five acres. The city's spokesperson says someone was burning brush on Boogertown Road when the fire got out of control.

The fire did not threaten any homes, and the forestry division is still monitoring it.

The outbreak of three other fires, including a car fire in Pigeon Forge, stretched resources thin.

A large fire destroyed a woman's home off Newport Highway.

Assistant chief for the Seymour Volunteer Fire Department Steve Whaley said the homeowner was visiting a relative next door. She heard a pop from her house and saw it was on fire.

Whaley said it took firefighters three hours to put out that fire. They are not sure the cause, and nobody was injured.

Further north, a third fire off Boyds Creek Highway destroyed another home.

Firefighters say it started around 4:30. Two people were home at the time with a dog, and they all made it out safely.

Firefighters say the house was fully involved when they got on scene. They say the house is a total loss, and they believe a cooking accident started the fire.

The Red Cross and neighbors are helping the victims for the night.

Sevier County firefighters say the string of fires were not related. They say they had to pull in additional crews from Jefferson County to help with the outbreak.

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