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Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies

Orlando-based attractions in Tennessee recover after devastating wildfire

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Two Orlando-based attractions are dealing with the aftermath Thursday of a wildfire that spread through Gatlinburg, Tennessee. Employees from Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies and Westgate Smoky Mountain Resort & Spa were forced to evacuate Monday night when high winds sent the fire through the resort area. Both attractions have headquarters in Orlando. Ripley employees were forced to leave behind more than 10,000 animals, when the fire crept just 50 yards from the attraction Monday night. Ryan DeSear, Ripley’s regional manager, said…

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