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Man's wife, daughters missing after wildfires break out in Tennessee

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Historic wildfires continue to destroy homes and businesses in Tennessee, forcing thousands to evacuate and leave everything behind.

The flames spread with little warning from the Great Smoky Mountains, tearing though the tourist towns of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge.

Heather Morey lives in Mid-Michigan now, but she used to work at Dollywood - a big tourist attraction in Gatlinburg. The area is caught in the middle of raging wildfires.

One of Morey's close friends in Tennessee is Michael Reed. Reed said his wife and two daughters are missing as a result of the fires.

"We snuck back into Gatlinburg and a friend of mine went to another shelter in Gatlinburg. They said she wasn't there. I've called other shelters here, they said she isn't there. Um, just hoping for a miracle," Reed said.

The last time Reed spoke to his wife he told her to call 911.

"My wife called and said that there were flames across the street. She didn't know what to do and I told her to call 911. And I said 'I love you.' And she said 'I love you.' And that's the last I've heard from her," Reed said.

He got home as fast as he could.

"And I drove through the fire to get up to my house and it was completely engulfed. I just screamed her name and nobody answered. We've been looking ever since," Reed said.

The search for Reed's family continues. Morey said she's hoping for a miracle amidst all the tragedy that is playing out.

"His wife and girls are just amazing people and I would really hope for their safe return," Morey said.

As the city starts the recovery process, many people and organizations are reaching out to aid to victims of this devastating fire.

For a look at some organization accepting donations for fire relief, click here

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