Tuesday, September 23, 2008

5 Black Bears safe after Pigeon Forge Fire

The Three Bears Gift shop on the Parkway in Pigeon Forge suffered severe damage and was destroyed from this mornings fire, but thankfully no one was injured including the 5 black bears that reside in the gift shop.

The 3 bears Gift shop has been a landmark in Pigeon Forge Tennessee since the 1970's many who came to the gift shop came to see the resident black bears in a pen in the back.

5 Black Bears safe after Pigeon Forge FireMore then half the building was engulfed in flames by the time the fireman arrived a little after 4 am this morning.

The 5 black bears for now are still in the concrete enclosures behind the 3 Bears Gift shop and are being moved soon to a more suitable location.

The fire cause both sides of the parkway to be closed for a few hours and power has been restored to the businesses in the area.

So far there has not been a determination as to what caused the fire.

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