Officials: 14 Dead, 134 Injured In Devastating Tennessee Wildfires
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (CBS News) — Officials confirmed that 14 people are dead and 134 people were injured in the Sevier County wildfires.
City leaders identified some of the people who died as a result of the wildfires.
Elaine Brown, 81, died after she sustained a medical event that caused a multi-vehicle accidents on Wears Valley Road while fleeing the fire.
Constance Reed, age 34, Chloe Reed, age 12, and Lily Reed, age 9, discovered at 347 Wiley Oakley Drive.
Edward Taylor, 85, unknown address; Bradley Phillips, age 59, discovered at 412 Long Hollow Road.
John Tegler, 71, and Marilyn Tegler, 70, were dual citizens from Woodstock, Ontario, but owned a vacation home on North Skyline Drive in Chalet Village. Their son, Scott, was notified at 6 p.m. on December 1. Their son-in-law, Dave Lapointe told CBS News that the couple had been living in the U.S. for about 20 years.
Jon Summers, 61, and Janet Summers, 61, were from Memphis, Tennessee. They were staying in Chalet Village on Crooked Ridge Road. Their three sons Paul, Shawn, and Phillip were sent to the burn unit at Vanderbilt Medical Center. One of the brothers was released from the hospital while the other two are still being treated for burns. Jon’s brother, Jim, was notified on December 1.
Officials said May Vance died of a heart attack in the wildfires and did not release further information. Vance is from Gatlinburg.
The family of Alice Hagler confirmed to Local 8 News Thursday morning that she passed away. Officials confirmed her death on Friday afternoon. Hagler was reported missing Tuesday; she was last seen at her home on Piney Butt Loop in Gatlinburg.
Officials said three people were found dead from fires in the Chalet Village area, and one person was discovered dead near a motel on Highway 321. Three more people were found dead on Campbell Lead Road. Authorities did not release details about the other fatalities.
Two others were rescued safely at Westgate Resorts and one person was rescued on Ski Mountain.
Officials said 1,684 structures have been damaged or destroyed by the fire. The forestry service said more than 17,108 acres were burned. 11,000 of them were reportedly inside the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.