Thousands displaced after forest fire rips through Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge

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GATLINBURG -  A warm meal and some sort peace for a community on edge. They've experienced storm damage, snow, and ice but nothing to this magnitude.
"I drove through the fire, both sides of the roads were on fire," said Melissa Keith. "It was the scariest thing I've ever been through."
Melissa Keith thought she was going to die.
"It's devastating," said Keith.
Now that the worst part is over, this Gatlinburg native is hoping her home of 10 years isn't destroyed.
Meanwhile, Andy Mason drove six hours from Memphis to Gatlinburg to celebrate his fourth wedding anniversary.
"We were staying in Westgate and we left to get something to eat and on our way back they told us we couldn't go back cause there is fire everywhere," said Mason.
We checked and sadly, the blaze destroyed several cabins at the Westgate Resort.
"So now we don't have anything everything is in the room," said Mason.
but despite the unknown, Andy tells WREG, he is just happy to be alive and glad to have a place to sleep tonight thanks to the Red Cross shelter.
"There are so many people who have lost so many things but I'm just grateful that we're still alive," said Mason. "If my wife didn't get hungry and want to go get something to eat, we might've been stuck in the fire or something serious could've happened to us."
The next press conference is at 10 a.m. at the Rocky Top Sports World in Gatlinburg. Kristen Holloway will be live on Daybreak starting at 6 a.m. with the latest on the forest fires.