He told WATE that he and his son tried to drive back into Gatlinburg, but were unable to make it back. They were instead evacuated to LeConte Center in Pigeon Forge, where Reed has been anxiously awaiting the sight of his family.
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A friend drove Reed to his home Tuesday, where he found his family's home destroyed.
"When we finally made our way back into Gatlinburg to try to get to her, all of Wiley Oakley was gone," Reed told WATE. "It was completely on fire."
There were signs that his wife and children managed to evacuate before flames engulfed the house, Reed told the news station, but his efforts to find them were hampered by the ongoing emergency response efforts. He told the News Sentinel that he was trying to reach out to someone at Rocky Top Sports Complex in Gatlinburg. The sports complex is being used as an evacuation shelter.
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"I just want to find them," he told the newspaper through tears.
Emergency management officials estimated that more than 14,000 people were evacuated overnight Monday in Gatlinburg alone.
The fires have caused serious injuries and deaths.