You have reached your limit of free articles this month.

Enjoy unlimited access to myStatesman.com

Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks.

GREAT REASONS TO SUBSCRIBE TODAY!

  • IN-DEPTH REPORTING
  • INTERACTIVE STORYTELLING
  • NEW TOPICS & COVERAGE
  • ePAPER
X

You have read of premium articles.

Get unlimited access to all of our breaking news, in-depth coverage and bonus content- exclusively for subscribers. Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks

X

Welcome to myStatesman.com

This subscriber-only site gives you exclusive access to breaking news, in-depth coverage, exclusive interactives and bonus content.

You can read free articles of your choice a month that are only available on myStatesman.com.

Tennessee Wildfires: Memphis couple killed in Gatlinburg fire


A couple visiting Gatlinburg, Tennessee, from Memphis was killed after wildfires swept through the city, prompting thousands of people to evacuate their homes, decimating buildings and knocking out power.

>> Read more trending stories

Jon and Janet Summers were apparently on a weekend trip to the Great Smoky Mountains with their three sons when the fires spread, The Commercial Appeal reported. The couple had since been reported missing. Their three sons were hospitalized.

FOX13 has confirmed the missing Memphis couple was killed in the Gatlinburg fires.

A family member posted about the news in a support group for the Summers family.

"I am sorry to report that a 4:45 p.m. CST the Sevier County Sheriff's department has reported that the Medical Examiner has confirmed that two of the bodies found in North Chalet Village were Jon and Janet Summers. Their 3 sons are aware. Your prayers are appreciated."

At least one of the couple's children was airlifted in critical condition to a hospital.

Friends told FOX13 the family was trying to escape the fire closing in around them when they were stopped on a road. The parents and children were separated when running away on foot.

The three boys were found together, unconscious from smoke inhalation. Two of the boys had burns, some on their face and hands, but are expected to recover.

Friends and family said all three boys were responsive and awake by Wednesday morning, but hooked up to respirators and using white boards to communicate with one another.

A YouCaring page has been set up to help with the three boys' medical costs. More than $35,000 has been raised toward its $100,000 goal.

Officials said dozens of people have been injured and four people killed as of Wednesday afternoon as a result of the fires.


Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Nation & World

Pit bull pup honored after preventing rape in NYC
Pit bull pup honored after preventing rape in NYC
Apollo is a 5-month-old pit bull puppy who took a bite out of crime, preventing a New York City woman from being raped.
Broncos’ Brandon Marshall receives racist, threatening letter
Broncos’ Brandon Marshall receives racist, threatening letter
Denver Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall, explaining that he wanted to expose the racism that exists in society, posted on social media a racist, profanity laced letter that denounced him for taking a knee during the national anthem earlier this season.
Nora the polar bear cub enjoys first snow in Oregon
Nora the polar bear cub enjoys first snow in Oregon
Call her Nora the explorer. The young polar bear that arrived at the Oregon Zoo a few months ago, enjoyed a day frolicking in the snow during a winter storm in Portland.
Flash mob surprises woman with $13K to treat her cancer
Flash mob surprises woman with $13K to treat her cancer
Amanda and Clint Kofoed were filming a GoFundMe video in a coffee shop, expressing thanks to people who had donated to help the Idaho couple defray medical expenses.
Fla. hospital staff leaves veteran’s body unattended for 9 hours, report says
Fla. hospital staff leaves veteran’s body unattended for 9 hours, report says
Staff members at a Florida hospital left the body of a veteran unattended in a shower room for more than nine hours, then tried to cover up the mistake, according to a hospital investigation.
More Stories