Statue of Jesus Still Standing in House Destroyed by Gatlinburg Fires

Zach Montanaro | December 1, 2016
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Amid the horrible destruction, devastation, and death surrounding the Gatlinburg fires still raging in Tennessee, one camera crew captured something amazing.

A statue of Jesus was found covered in ash and soot, but still standing in a house that was otherwise completely destroyed.

CNN affiliate WVLT first spotted the statue on Wednesday. The footage was captured by reporter Kelsey Leyrer and her team while they were in Sevier County reporting on the devastation.

The statue wasn’t the only religious item that has been recovered from the fire. Earlier in the week, passages from the Bible were recovered by a Dollywood theme park employee named Isaac McCord. The passages were from the Book of Joel and read, "O LORD, to thee will I cry: for the fire hath devoured the pastures of the wilderness, and the flame hath burned all the trees of the field."

McCord posted the findings on his Facebook page, and the post had been shared by almost 160,000 people by Thursday afternoon.

The finding of religious items is particularly special, especially after a story we posted earlier showed some people saying the  Gatlinburg fires were some kind of divine punishment due to the town (and overall state) voting for President-elect Donald Trump.

At least seven people have been killed by the deadly fires that have blazed through Gatlinburg and Sevier County this week.

You can see some of the footage captured by WVLT below:



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