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Red Cross volunteers from metro ATL on the ground in fire-ravaged TN

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ATLANTA (CBS46) -

Volunteers from metro Atlanta are on the ground in Gatlinburg to help with the widespread devastation. Officials estimate more than 700 buildings are damaged or destroyed after Monday night's fire storm, seven people are dead and others are still missing. 

Heavy rain fell early Wednesday, which is helping put out some of the wildfires, but officials say more than 200 firefighters are still out battling flames and hot spots.

Wednesday, four Red Cross volunteers left Atlanta for Tennessee and more are on standby ready to leave at a moment's notice.

Gatlinburg residents Shari and Daniel Deason only had time to grab their 14-month-old son and his diaper bag. Right now like so many others, the Deason family is staying at a Red Cross shelter.

"We don't know what to do, or what we're gonna do if we don't have anywhere to go,” Shari Deason said.

“As of Monday night, we had over 1,200 people calling a Red Cross shelter home,” Divina Mims-Puckett of the American Red Cross of Georgia told CBS46.

More than 14,000 people fled their homes trying to outrun the fire. The Wood family from Georgia is not sure if their mom made it out alive.

“She called me at 8:30 [and] said that the house was on fire, and I told her to get out immediately and we got disconnected; Haven’t heard from her since,” said James Wood.

Alice Hagler, a grandma who spent last few months working in a Christmas store, lived at the top of the mountain. Her sons and daughter-in-law drove in from Savannah and appeared on TV in an attempt to find her.

“Our hope is that she is at a neighbor's house right now watching the news, knowing that her family is looking for her. We have come to find her and there is still hope in that,” Lyle Wood stated.

If you would like to help the fire victims, the Red Cross say they need blood donations as well financial donations.

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