Firefighters raced to Gatlinburg, only to find some hydrants were running dry
Firefighters brought various types of fire apparatus to the city that was besieged by flames swept in from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and additional fires ignited when wind toppled trees into power lines.
Firefighters from across the state flocking to Gatlinburg to battle a growing firestorm couldn't be sure the fire hydrants they uncapped would provide any water.
And within two hours of the mega wildfire reaching the city on Nov. 28, the hydrants were running dry.
"Water loss occurred in certain areas as early as 8:30 p.m. due to the fact that the intermittent power outages caused interruptions to the pumping stations," Gatlinburg Fire Chief Greg Miller wrote in response to emailed questions.
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