‘Hoping for a miracle’ in Gatlinburg

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The wildfires sweeping the eastern part of the state — which claimed three lives in separate locations — engulfed Reed’s Gatlinburg home while he and his 15-year-old son Nicholas were away. It’s not certain whether his wife, Constance, 34; along with daughters Chloe, 12; and Lily, 9, fled the house in time.

The blaze spread quickly and with little warning. When Reed heard about the wildfire, he and his son tried to drive back to town.

“We got stuck in traffic at that point, and they wouldn’t let us turn around,” he said.

A few minutes after 8 p.m. Monday, Constance called to tell him “there were flames across the street from our house, and she didn’t know what to do,” Reed said as his voice quivered.

Reed instructed her to call 911 for help. But he wasn’t able to be there to help his wife and daughters — a painful memory still haunts him.

“And that was the last time I talked to her,”…

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