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7 Confirmed Dead in Tennessee Wildfires as Families Continue to Search for Loved Ones

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James Wood was on the phone with his mother Alice Hagler on Monday night when the call suddenly dropped.

“We had been talking for several hours on and off. She called me at 8:30 and said the house was on fire. I told her to get out immediately,” he told WATE. “We got disconnected and I have not been able to get in touch with her since.”

Hagler, who lives in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, has been missing since that call as deadly wildfires continue to ravage the area. Seven people are now confirmed dead, officials said at a press conference Wednesday.

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Hagler’s other son Lyle and his wife Rachel traveled from Savannah, Georgia, to help search for their mother in Gatlinburg, where 14,000 people have since evacuated.

Wood is hoping that she’s at a shelter or a friend’s house.

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“Maybe someone at a shelter that’s watching the news, or maybe a neighbor. Our hope is that she’s at a neighbor’s house right now watching the news, and knowing her family is looking for her. We’re here. We’ve come to find her,” Lyle Wood told the news outlet.

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“If you see her now and you’re taking to her, she’s probably talking about her grandkids or about her wonderful family,” he continued. “Because she loves us a lot and we love her a lot.”

Another man in Gatlinburg is also missing three family members.

Michael Reed has been tirelessly trying to find his wife and two daughters.

“We are just hoping for a miracle,” Reed told WATE.