The fire occurred during a night when protests over the police shooting death of a Black man roiled the city of Philadelphia, but the cause of the fire is still unknown.
Disaster Relief for Gatlinburg taking place on a local level, volunteers outside Tennessee urged to be patient
Financial assistance can be made through Tennessee Baptist Disaster Relief online or via P.O. Box 728, Brentwood, TN 37024. Please indicate Disaster Relief on the check.
What has happened since the New Salem property was destroyed is even more newsworthy than the fire itself.