Prayer brings Sevier Countians together after fire

Tonight, a service was provided for those wanting to pray for the victims of wildfires in Sevier County. Reporter Madison Wade has more information.

In times of trouble, prayer and fellowship offer great comfort. Sevier Countians affirmed that Wednesday night while gathering in the aftermath of this week's wildfires.

A prayer service was held at Pittman Center Elementary School. Songs also were sung, including the standard, "Amazing Grace."

People prayed for a better day.

"This was one of the greatest things I've seen here in this community lately. We came together and held each other up," said Alison Hardison, who came to the service.

Fires this week have torched several parts of Gatlinburg as well as Wears Valley and parts of Pigeon Forge. Nearly 16,000 acres have burned in Great Smoky Mountains National Park from the Chimney Tops Fire, named after the popular spot where it broke out.

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The fires have torn apart families. At least seven people have died.

The emotions from such losses could be felt across the gym Wednesday night.

"We are trying to take the energy of this horrible feeling and inside of us, we are trying to take that energy and just put it back to the town and rebuilding our family, our home," said Robert Myrick.

Myrick lost the home he grew up in. His parents lost everything.

"They built the house in the late '60s and have been in the house for over 45 years. It's the home I grew up in and it is completely gone now. There's nothing left of it."

The house, however, can be rebuilt.

That's a sentiment shared by Carol Muszik, who lost her business and also the large house where she lived.

"We had a 14,000-square-foot house right up there on the mountain, and, of course. the whole thing burned to the ground, which sort of might be fitting, you know."

Muszik still found hope in the service Wednesday.

"it's been really good to be here because this is the first time that we've ventured back since we fled in the fire and we really feel blessed to be alive, so the houses and business really mean nothing. It's really the people."


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