Three people have been taken to the hospital after an explosion in Gatlinburg, according to Marcy Claude, Gatlinburg’s public information officer.
Claude said the explosion happened shortly before 7:30pm Saturday at Tree Tops Resort on Sherman Clabo Road.
Claude told 10News one person was taken by Life Star to UT Medical Center and two others were taken by ambulance to the hospital.
As of 8:30 p.m. Saturday, she said the fire is already out and crews are working to assess the area for damage.
She said there is structural damage to the Tree Tops Resort building.
Firefighters on the scene said 35 people were in rooms near the explosion. They were relocated to vacant rooms.
Utilities had been shut off, firefighters said.
Bill Bowling said he saw the explosion happen while checking into the resort.
“All of the sudden this huge explosion happened and we look back and see this young man running out of the hot tub area saying that’s my building it’s blown up. and I looked at the side of the building and it looks blown out,” said Bowling.
Gatlinburg fire chief Greg Miller says they are unsure whether the explosion was gas related, and they are looking to find the cause.