Saylor Vann and his crew at Coastal Atlantic Pressure Washing are heading to fight the Gaitlinburg fires. (Source: WECT)
WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) -
At least 10 people have died and dozens more are feared missing in the fires that have scorched the town of Gatlinburg, Tennessee.
More than 700 buildings have been scorched in the flames, nearly 14,000 residents evacuate, but one Carolina Beach resident and business owner is heading into the flames, all in hopes to help victims and aid in any cleanup process
Saylor Vann and his crew at Coastal Atlantic Pressure Washing aren't strangers to disaster assistance. They helped flood victims in West Virginia in June deal with a devastating flood, and also recently assisted in Hurricane Matthew cleanup efforts here in southeastern North Carolina.
"It's nice to have that brotherhood and it's nice to be able to give especially when some many people have helped us in our natural disasters," Vann explained.
Armed with two big trucks, chainsaws, pressure washing systems and supplies for victims, he hopes to help fight fires, contain hot spots and mostly help fire victims.
Vann said he thinks some of these families will be in desperate need of some warm coats.
"There it's already 38 degrees with a high of 50, coats and necessities are a huge priority," Vann said.
He and two other crew members will leave Friday morning for Gatlinburg with intentions of staying a week to assist in any way they can.