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360 video: Recovering after Tennessee wildfires

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Posted at 9:32 AM, Dec 09, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-09 12:11:48-05

All major roads and businesses reopened in Gatlinburg, Tennessee today nearly two weeks after the devastating wildfires there. 

 

Many people who live there are still trying to come to terms with the fires. 

 

The Now National Team traveled back to Gatlinburg with a special 360 camera and spoke with one man who lost everything

 

Robert Blizzard calls what happened catastrophic. "I mean it's heart breaking.  There's a lot of, a lot of emotions that I'm sure everyone is feeling, just to see this whole area, and how its effected it. Something like this is just completely unimaginable."

 

He said, "the city it looks a lot like images of the wars, from the Middle East, that we've been involved with.  The only difference being that this is where you live and this is your home."

 

"It's going to take a really long time for people to heal and move on from something like this.  Hard work dedication, compassion, people helping people get back on their feet. That has to happen for it to get back to anything close to where it was," said Blizzard.

 

You can witness the devastation and the heartbreak in Gatlinburg first hand by watching the 360-video above. Don't forget to pan the camera to see the different sights all around.