Brad Phillips did not survive the fire, according to a social media post from his niece, which said that his body was recovered outside his home. This photo is of a man named Brad Phillips who was reported missing in the Gatlinburg fire. A woman named Amanda Phillips wrote on Twitter: "#Gatlinburg #gatlinburgmissing
Dad missing since yesterday, Brad Phillips. Prayers for all the missing. Pls help if seen." Her post was dated November 29. Another Twitter post on Phillips read, "Missing Brad Phillips from Gatlinburg, TN has not been heard from since yesterday. Pic Soon. PLZ Repost."
The Gatlinburg fires have torn through Sevier County, Tennessee, killing three people, damaging businesses, destroying resorts, and causing such devastation that the scene has been described as hell. Twitter has filled with photos and videos of the roaring fires, which officials now say were human-caused (although they haven't been more specific about that.) In scenes evoking what happened after September 11, when families shared missing person photos, family members are now starting to share photos on social media of some people they say are missing. It's hopeful that these people will turn up safe and sound. However, judging from their social media posts, the family members are hoping that more media attention will help them reconnect with their loved ones. The fires broke out on November 28, and they have ripped through 15,000 acres. Hotels and resorts were among buildings that were ablaze and evacuations were ordered throughout the area affected by the fires as authorities combated them. The Gatlinburg resorts are a popular tourist destination near the Great Smoky Mountains. Many people have childhood memories of the resort area, which touts itself as being a positive tourist spot for families or people who want to have weddings or honeymoons. However, people also live in the area. As such, many people have nostalgic memories of the area. However, for the people whose loved ones can't be found, the horror of the fire is even more stark. People who have information about anyone missing in the Gatlinburg fire should contact authorities so the information can be passed on to the loved ones. Here are some of the missing photos of various people that were shared by their family members on social media on November 29.