The last time Michael Reed heard from his wife Constance was when she called him on Monday saying she saw flames across the street from their home in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, and didn’t know what to do.
He immediately told her to call 911. Reed hasn’t seen or heard from his wive or their 12- and 9-year-old daughters since that phone call. And wildfires fueled by high winds continue to roar through parts of the nearby Great Smoky Mountains.
When Reed first heard about the fires, he and his 15-year-old son, who were away from home at the time, desperately tried to drive to Gatlinburg, but got stuck in traffic.
“When we finally made our way back into Gatlinburg, to try to get to her, all of Wiley Oakley (Drive) was gone,” Reed told WATE. “It was completely on fire.”
The father and son searched shelters, but were unable to find them. It’s not certain whether Reed’s wife and daughters fled the house in time.
Three people have been killed and 14,000 people have evacuated due to the wildfire, according to The Tennessee Emergency Management Agency.
“We are just hoping for a miracle,” Reed said.