GATLINBURG, Tenn. (WATE) — Gatlinburg firefighters battled a major fire at a downtown restaurant for several hours on Sunday.

Crews spent a big part of the morning and afternoon working on hot spots after fire that closed Parkway from traffic light No. 6 to Reagan Drive.

According to Public Information Officer Seth Butler, the Gatlinburg Fire Department and the Pigeon Forge Fire Department were dispatched at 6:39 a.m. to downtown Gatlinburg. The Sevierville Fire Department, Sevier County Ambulance Service and Pittman Fire Department assisted with efforts to fight the fire.

Pictures indicate the fire broke out next to Cafe420 and the walkway of Towne Center Plaza.

The owner of the damaged structure has a contractor to demolish the damaged portion of the building, according to Butler. The section of Parkway will remain closed until the demolition is complete.

The downtown sidewalks remain open, except for a portion of the northbound sidewalk behind Ole Smoky Candy Kitchen. The southbound sidewalk is closed between Johnny Rockets and Gatlinburg Inn.

Anyone traveling to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park will need to use the Gatlinburg Bypass. However, Butler said traveling to the immediate area is not recommended.

“The City of Gatlinburg urges motorists and pedestrians to avoid the area of this closure until further notice,” Seth said.

Anyone who needs to access to downtown Gatlinburg can use River Road and Cherokee Orchard Road.

WATE 6 is on the scene trying to find out more about the incident.

This is a developing situation; this story will be updated as more information becomes available.