struction and despair across portions of the south Thursday, due to a wild fire that has killed at least seven in Tennessee. And tornados that ripped through four southern states, leaving at least five dead. The days long fire around Tennessee's Smoky Mountains has now damaged more than 700 structures.
Pouring rain in the resort town of Gatlinburg helping suppress the flames. But evacuation orders remain in effect for 14,000 people there.>> It's an absolute disaster. Looks like a bomb went off.>> Nearly 16,000 acres reduced to burned out rubble. And two days of twisters also ravaging the south.
In Rosalie, Alabama, three people killed in their mobile home while trying to wait out the storm.>> It was a friend of mine's daughter. That's why my business is gone, it's no big deal. I'll get it all together, and restart.>> A hundred miles north, a firefighter and his wife were killed when a tornado struck in Polk County, Tennessee.
The storm system also moving through Georgia, Louisiana, and Mississippi bringing down trees and snapping power lines.