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Bodies of Gatlinburg man’s missing family identified

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GATLINBURG, Tenn.  — The bodies of a Gatlinburg man’s missing family have been identified.

Constance Reed and her two daughters had not been heard from or seen since their home was surrounded in flames Monday during wildfires in the area.

Family members say the bodies of Chloe, 12; and Lily, 9, were found with their mother in a cabin miles from their home as they tried to escape.

Reed and his 15-year-old son Nicholas were away at the time.

“We’re just hoping for a miracle,” Reed told CNN affiliate WATE-TV in Knoxville Tuesday.

The blaze spread quickly and with little warning.

When Reed heard about the wildfire, he and his son tried to drive back to town.

“We got stuck in traffic at that point, and they wouldn’t let us turn around,” he said.

A few minutes after 8 p.m. Monday, Constance called to tell him “there were flames across the street from our house, and she didn’t know what to do,” Reed said, his voice quivering.

Reed told her to call 911.

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