Ocoee Whitewater Center destroyed
Chattanooga, Tennessee – An early morning fire destroyed the Ocoee Whitewater Center on Tuesday.
Historic Ocoee Whitewater destroyed in massive fire
The venue served as the host site for kayaking events, such as kayaking and canoeing, during the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta.
Years later, it remains a popular spot for locals and tourists with the rising waters of the Ocoee River just steps from the center’s back doors, with sweeping views from the balcony.
Polk County emergency officials said crews were responding to the fire at Okoye Whitewater Center.
The building was considered a complete loss, and fire officials told News 2, the area would remain closed.
No injuries were reported, but the cause of the fire is still unknown.
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation will join the investigation.
A nearby highway was closed in both directions for some time but has since reopened.
Crews report that the fire has been contained, but an investigation into the source of the fire will begin.
The Ocoee Whitewater Center was the venue for the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta.
Ocoee is the only natural river course that has ever been used in Olympic slalom competitions.
“The one thing our county was proud of is now gone,” Deputy Sheriff Nelms posted on social media.