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Pigeon Forge fire caused millions in damage

Published On: Mar 28 2013 10:31:17 AM CDT
Pigeon Forge fire

Photo courtesy of WBIR-TV

This photo of the Pigeon Forge wildfires was taken late Sunday night. Photo courtesy of WBIR-TV.

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. -

Sevier County authorities estimate the loss in a wildfire earlier this month at about $12 million. Click here to view photos of the fire.

The Mountain Press (http://bit.ly/11RwU5A ) reported the figure includes only the value of the cabins destroyed or damaged in the March 17 fire at Black Bear Ridge Resort and not damage to the property.

County Emergency Management Agency Director John Matthews said authorities have revised downward the number of cabins affected by the fire, reducing it from 81 to 73. Matthews said it was discovered that some concrete pads had not yet been built upon.

The dollar figure is based upon property values on file at the county assessor's office.

It appears only one person lost a permanent home.

There were no deaths and only minor injuries to a few firefighters.

Click here to view photos of the fire.