DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – A grandfather is Dayton is holding out hope that his daughter-in-law and two granddaughters, lost in the Tennessee wildfires, will be found.
Thousands of people in Gatlinburg got their first look at what remains of their homes and businesses after fires tore through the Smokey Mountains.
Grant Reed’s daughter-in-law, Constance, and granddaughters, 9-year-old Lily and 12-year-old Chloe, went missing amidst the wildfires Monday night.
Reed’s son, Michael, has not been allowed back to his property. Reed says Michael’s house is in an area with restricted access and he may not be able to get back to whatever’s left of it until Monday.
Once it’s safe to go back in, they plan to help comb through the Smokey Mountains to search for their loved ones.
The family remains hopeful because of the 13 people authorities have reported dead, the majority were adults and only one lived near his son’s home.
“There’s no word on the girls. I know, we heard the press conference and it’s up to 13 that are dead. They’ve ID’ed some people or it’s not in the area that they would be, so we’re still holding out hope,” Grant said.
Police performed an initial search, looking for possible signs of his grandkids and daughter-in-law in the home, but that turned up empty.
Twenty percent of the Smokey Mountains have not been searched.