Whitewater Center in Tennessee used for 1996 Atlanta Summer Olympics destroyed in fire

  • Source: WRCB-TV NBC 3 Chattanooga
  • Published: 04/26/2022 12:00 AM

VIDEO/PHOTOS: An early morning fire destroyed the Ocoee Whitewater Center Tuesday. The venue served as the host site for paddling events, such as kayaking and canoeing, during the 1996 Atlanta Summer Olympics. Years later, it remained a popular spot for locals and tourists with the waters of the Ocoee River surging just steps beyond the center's back doors, with sweeping views from the balcony. The river's flow was modified to create the paddling venues, with grandstands and observation towers added for the Olympics. TDOT crews in the area saw the structure on fire and 12 area fire departments responded to the site. Crews report the fire has been contained, but an investigation will begin as to the fire's origin. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation says that an agent has responded to the scene of the fire to assist in the investigation.


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