April and Terry Calhoun relax with their children Alexis, 11, Piper, 10, and Julian, 4, and two cats Ari and Spock. The American Red Cross is providing shelter and other assistance for people (and their pets) displaced by the fire.
April Calhoun, 31, hugs her daughter Piper, 10, at the emergency shelter at the Rocky Top Sports World on Dec. 4 in Gatlinburg, Tenn. The family is living at the shelter -- operated by The American Red Cross -- until they can find a stable housing arrangement.
Merrill Austin runs "danger" tape around Gatlinburg Church of Christ on Dec. 5. Austin is a member of the church.
Personal items and furniture are interspersed amongst ashes at the the Calhoun family home.
The Gatlinburg fire acted similar to wildfires that plague California, New Mexico, Nevada and the rest of the West, but rarely the Southeast.
Ronnie Buckner and Beverly Tarver examine the remains of their parent's home in Gatlinburg. The siblings grew up in the house -- a structure built by their family, one room at a time, and expanded to be more than 5,000 square feet.