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Kentucky 12-year-old and friends lose luggage in Pigeon Forge fire


FLEMING COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - From Fleming County to Tennessee, it was supposed to be a long weekend get away for AnaLiese Mitchell and her best friend, Taylor Marshall.

"We were having a great time riding go carts the day that it happened," said Mitchell.

The "it" the 12 year old is talking about was a massive wildfire in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.

"We saw smoke and fire trucks but I just thought somebody caught their stove on fire and it's going to be over," recalled Mitchell.

The fire burned more than 30 acres, roughly 80 buildings, 60 of which were cabins and that includes the weekend home for the girls and the Marshall family.

"Yeah, that was tough," stated Mitchell.

That's because they lost everything they took.

"We didn't know what to do because we all got evacuated. We just had our phones and our clothes on," said Taylor Marshall.

"They're like, 'You can't go back!' and I'm just thinking you know, 'What if my stuff is gone?'" chimed in Mitchell, adding "We could see over the mountain that there were flames. We could see them glowing in the sky."

Meanwhile, one state over Ramona Mitchell, AnaLiese's mother, got a phone call she wasn't expecting.

"I got a call from my friend that she was staying with, they had to be evacuated that there was a wildfire spreading," she remembered, "When I got home I seen it on the news and it was on social media, on Facebook and things. When I saw the pictures then I really got scared."

She said not being with her daughter made the time harder to handle, "They got home yesterday so I gave her a great big hug and squeeze!"

They're home safe and sound and the fire is out, but now they're left with memories they will never forget.

"Last night I didn't get much sleep, I just kind of dreamed about it," said AnaLiese Mitchell.

However, she did find some irony in the fact that their cabin number was 911.


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