Alice Hagler. The Gatlinburg fire has killed at least 10 people in the Smoky Mountains area, a popular tourist region in Tennessee known for its magestic beauty. The first of those victims has now been identified: She is Alice Hagler. The Knoxville News Sentinel said that Hagler's son has confirmed her death. She was initially reported missing as loved ones tried to find her. The newspaper said that Hagler died in the fire in a collection of rental cabins known as Chalet Village. Hagler's son, Lyle Wood, released a statement to the news media. It said: "It's with a very heavy heart that we have to announce that our mother was found in the ruins of her home, her life taken by a devastating fire that impacted so many lives in East Tennessee and will continue to for some time to come." WATE said Hagler's other son, James Wood, was talking to his mother when the line cut off. She had told him that her house was on fire, and he instructed her to leave the residence immediately. However, Hagler was found deceased in her cabin. The family had held out hope that Hagler would turn up safe and had perhaps left the home to find safety. She was one of multiple people reported missing by their family members and other loved ones, but her death was the first one confirmed. As of December 1, authorities had released the number of casualties but had not yet released other names of those who lost their lives to the devastating tragedy. This photo was Hagler's profile picture on Facebook. This gallery will be updated as more of the victims are identified. (Facebook)
The Gatlinburg fire deaths have left families to deal with the unimaginable loss of the victims. Alice Hagler was the first identified fatality in the Tennessee blaze. See photos remembering the lost.