SEVIER COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) – Families impacted by the Sevier County fire will get their first look at what is left Friday morning, but many already know nothing is standing.
Jack Hatfield told News 2 that he never imagined losing everything he owned to Mother Nature.
“I had my residence up there, two rental houses. I had a music shop, which I built with my own hands and an event barn,” he explained.
On top of a mountain between Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, years of hard work went up in flames.
“I looked over that ridge and I could just see a glow behind the ridge and just five or six minutes I could see actual flames.”
In a matter of minutes, Hatfield lost his business, his hobby and the place he laid his head.
He was preparing to open a banjo academy and show off the amazing views of the Smokies, but the fire destroyed 35 banjos and all of Hatfield’s musical products.
Hatfield has the support of his family to get him through this difficult time, but he knows not everyone is so lucky.
“If you want to help somebody, help through the Red Cross or one of those agencies that is right there on the ground floor,” he stated.
Hatfield knows he will make it, even if he doesn’t know what he will do next.
“I already had a retirement plan, in the next five to seven years, I was going to sale my property and move back to Knoxville.”