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Spartanburg Co. woman narrowly escapes Gatlinburg fire: "God worked...to get me down that mountain"

Photo taken by Allison Mossburg, who narrowly escaped death in Gatlinburg (Courtesy: Allison Mossburg) Photo taken by Allison Mossburg, who narrowly escaped death in Gatlinburg (Courtesy: Allison Mossburg)
CHESNEE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

A Spartanburg County woman said she is thankful to be alive after narrowly escaping the fires that devastated Gatlinburg, Tenn. 

Monday at 8:30 p.m., Allison Mossburg of Chesnee was asleep at her family's timeshare at Westgate Resort. Her husband and son had left their vacation early to head back to their home in South Carolina. When Mossburg awoke, she was in the middle of an inferno.

"It was pitch dark," recalled Mossburg. "I realized that the power had gone off. It was so smoky, fire embers were coming down in the air. The wind is blowing like crazy."

Mossburg said she picked up her phone and noticed the concierge at the resort had been trying frantically to reach her. She called back.

"[The concierge] said 'get in your car and start heading down the mountain," recalled Mossburg. "'You need to get out of here as fast as you can.'"

One problem: Mossburg had no car. 

Her husband had taken it back to Spartanburg County. The plan was that he would bring it back to Gatlinburg to fetch her later in the week. 

Help was on the way, but Mossburg said the fire was so intense, and she had taken a wrong turn, that she couldn't get tot he couple the concierge had sent to rescue her.

"The guy was like 'I'm sorry, but we gotta go,'" said Mossburg. "I kind of lost hope. But in the same moment, I just called out to God. I cried out to God and I said 'God, help me!'"

It was in this moment, said Mossburg, that she saw headlights in the distance.

Jill and Becky Smith, a mother and daughter, had come to her rescue. She hopped in their car, and the three women made the treacherous journey down the burning hills. 

Mossburd recalled that it was a mass exodus out of the resort. After about 20 minutes (and what seemed like a lifetime), Mossburg said the cars in front of them finally started moving. 

She cried as she recalled the relief she felt when the three women started moving out of harm's way.

Mossburg is back at her home in Chesnee, but images of the flames still haunt her. "When I try to go to sleep, I keep seeing fire. When I close my eyes, all I see is fire," she said.

She said through the whole ordeal, she took comfort in her favorite Bible verse - Romans 8:28. "And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose."

"He works all things out for our good and His glory," said Mossburg. "I just want to thank God when I stop and realize just how God worked all that out to get me down that mountain."

All three women made it safely to the LeConte Conference Center in Pigeon Forge. Mossburg reunited with her husband there. Her property in Gatlinburg, she was told, is a total loss. 

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