Spartanburg Co. woman narrowly escapes wildfires

A Chesnee woman narrowly escapes the wildfires in Gatlinburg.
A Chesnee woman narrowly escapes the wildfires in Gatlinburg.

CHESNEE, S.C. (WSPA) – A Spartanburg County woman narrowly escaped the wildfires in Gatlinburg, Tennessee.

“If I had not woken up right when I did, I wouldn’t be here,” Allison Mossburg said.

Mossburg lives in Chesnee, but owns property at the Westgate Resort in Gatlinburg. She said her home was at the very top of the mountain.

“Everything’s gone,” Mossburg said. “There are hundreds of cabins.”

She spends this same week there every year with her family. She said Monday, her husband and son left earlier with the car to head back to South Carolina. She was staying behind waiting for a girlfriend to come up to the mountains for a few days.

She said she had finished doing some Christmas decorating when she took a nap that lasted a little too long.

Mossburg said when she woke up, “It was just pitch black dark, and it just felt strange.”

She said she had a missed call from her concierge telling her it was an emergency.

“She told me to get in my car and get down off the mountain as fast as I could,” Mossburg said.

But, she didn’t have a car, so she started running.

“About halfway down, I realized I had taken the wrong path,” Mossburg said.

She said that was a frightening realization.

“I started crying, then I started praying, and I asked God to please be with me…God help me what do I do, and right after that I saw lights coming up the side of the mountain,” Mossburg said.

She said the smoke was consuming and vision was low, so she jumped in front of the car. She said two women slammed on brakes and told her to get in the car.

“I didn’t know who they were,” Mossburg said. “I mean it didn’t matter.”

She said the worst part was when they got off of the mountain and were stuck in traffic on the road leading out of Gatlinburg.

“The fire was just coming over our car, and the embers, and it was just raining fire,” Mossburg said.

It’s a nightmare that will now connect Mossburg with a mother and daughter from Pennsylvania for forever.

“They saved my life,” Mossburg said. “I would not have made it down the mountain.”

Mossburg said she’s not sure if she’ll be going back to Gatlinburg anytime soon.

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