Condominium burns in Gatlinburg wildfire

Ten days ago, Carla and Ross Marshall posed on the balcony of the timeshare her family has owned for more than 20 years.

Monday night, Carla Marshall watched as a wildfire consumed the Laurel Point Resort near Gatlinburg, Tenn.

“We have seen video of the complex on fire,” she said. “To my knowledge, they haven’t sent like an official word yet, but we have seen a video of at least a couple of the buildings completely engulfed in flames.”

The unit was on the fourth floor of the resort that is one of many to be threatened and destroyed by the wildfire in the mountains of east Tennessee.

It is owned by Charles and Donna Mizelle, owners of Cheap Charlie’s Carpet in Havelock.

Carla Marshall said the resort is just up the mountain from downtown Gatlinburg on Ski Mountain. She, her husband and her husband’s family visited the resort within the last two weeks.

“It is actually a timeshare, so we have no personal items there. We have memories, but no personal items,” Carla Marshall said. “Everything, as far as we’re concerned, it’s all replaceable, so it’s sad that what we know it is probably gone, but I’m more sad for the people that are local that live there on the mountain and what they have lost because they have lost all of their personal items and everything except the clothes that they had on their back. We know the girl in the office because she has worked there for ages and we remember her from year to year.”

She said she saw an online video showing the office building and the A building ablaze.

On her most recent trip about 10 days ago, she took a selfie with her husband from the balcony of the unit overlooking the mountains.

“We were on the fourth floor. We could watch the tram that goes downtown to Ober. It goes right by,” she said.

She said the family had made annual trips to the timeshare for decades.

“Every year is usually different,” she said. “It depends on what everybody’s schedules are, so it could be my parents, myself, my husband and some friends. This year, myself my husband and my husband’s family went so it just depends on the year and schedules and which families and friends we decide to take. It is very sad.”