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Families assess damage after Sevier County wildfires

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More than 700 structures in Sevier County were damaged or destroyed. (WSMV) More than 700 structures in Sevier County were damaged or destroyed. (WSMV)
GATLINBURG, TN (WSMV) -

Families are beginning to sift through what’s left of their homes after the devastating wildfires in Sevier County.

“Hurting,” said Shannon King of Gatlinburg. “It’s hard. A lot of people lost their jobs and stuff. A lot of people lost their homes.”

Kim Bassett said she is amazed her cabin is still standing after what she experienced over the last couple of days.

“I heard a lot of the fires crackling. I heard trees falling,” Bassett said. “When the winds picked up, I could really hear the trees fall. It was just crackly and you could just smell it.”

Despite heavy rains overnight, Channel 4 came across several fires still smoldering on Wednesday.

The rain has hampered some of the fight. Because of the loss of trees, rain triggered mudslides, blocking roads and slowing firefighters in their effort to comb every property for survivors.

Gatlinburg Fire Chief Gregory Miller said firefighters have not wavered in their rescue efforts.

“Even the ones who have lost everything and their homes and everything else, they have not asked to be off. They have asked to be here and working,” Miller said.

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