Gatlinburg Wildfire Records Tell Story of Chaos, Confusion
Police officers, firefighters, rescue squad volunteers and dispatchers found themselves cut off from each other, trying to direct the battle against East Tennessee’s worst fire of the 21st century.
Everything failed in an instant.
Severed lines snuffed out power to the command center directing the emergency response to the deadly Gatlinburg wildfires the night of Nov. 28 and plunged firefighting and rescue efforts into darkness and chaos.
Sevier County began releasing records Wednesday documenting the confusion caused by the collapse of communications systems as fire swept into the city.