People allowed to return home after fire near Douglas Dam

People allowed to return home after fire near Douglas Dam

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SEVIERVILLE (WATE) - People have been allowed to return home after a fire near Douglas Dam. Sevier County Emergency Management says lightning struck a line to liquid oxygen tanks near Douglas Dam.

Tennessee Valley Authority says the tanks are located a quarter of a mile from the dam area.

EMA Director John Matthews says the line lead to two 250,000 gallon oxygen tanks. Lightning struck the line going to the reservoir starting a fire.

"We were sitting there talking, playing cards and hear this big explosion boom. Scared us to death when lightning struck first. Then we heard the explosion," said Barbara Taylor, who was evacuated from a nearby campground.

The tanks are used to oxygenate the water for fish downstream of the dam.

The Sevier County Sheriff's Office evacuated areas around the tanks including Headwater Campground and parts of Mount Ranch Drive. The evacuation has since ended. 

The TVA says it is investigating the blast.

No injuries were reported.

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