In Gatlinburg, Tennessee, over 14,000 residents and visitors have been evacuated after a wildfire ripped through the town. Well over 150 houses and businesses are beyond repair.
12 citizens have been taken to the hospital for fire-related injuries, although the severity of these injuries is not yet known. Over 200 firefighters across Tennessee have come together to help contain the fire.
Gatlinburg Fire Chief, Greg Miller, stated that this fire is “one for the history books,” concluding that “the likes of this fire has never been seen here.”
Visibility is still currently too low due to the smoke, making it difficult to begin the cleanup and rescue process. Officials are anticipating that the smoke will be clearing soon. As of Tuesday morning, over one dozen buildings remain in flames.