The terrible wildfire that devastated Gatlinburg in the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee last week took 14 lives, injured 134, and burned down over 1,600 structures, including homes and cabins.
CNN reports on Nov. 5, 2016:
“Families nestled by the Great Smoky Mountains are bereaved — houses completely blazed . . . . As homeowners are allowed to enter Gatlinburg and secure their properties, some have returned to find all they owned in ashes.”
In Sevier County, the fire devastated countless homes but left one object untouched by the flames, though covered with soot and ashes. It was the only thing left after the home had burned to the ground.
Donovan Long reports for WVLT Channel 8 in Knoxville, TN:
“By nightfall Monday [November 28, 2016], nearly every inch of Sevier County was covered in flames, forcing hundreds in the mountains to evacuate. ‘Almost every cabin in Chalet Village is burning to the freaking ground.’ . . . By the time the sun rose the next morning and in the days to follow, thousands had been displaced from their homes . . . . In the midst of the ash, the rubble, and the devastation, this statue remains . . . . “
The one object left standing amidst the ashes and ruins that used to be a home is a statue of Jesus.
Statues of Mary are also known to have survived devastation.
See “Amidst a devastated landscape, Mary stands” for a statue of Mary amidst Typhoon Haiyan’s total destruction of the city of Tacloban in the Philippines in November 2013, and another Mary statue found intact amidst the charred remains of a home in Breezy Point, NY, which was one of 100 homes burned to the ground after the flood from Hurricane Sandy in October 2012.