Firefighters in Tennessee have been battling devastating wildfires that have scorched thousands of acres of land and several resort towns near the Smoky Mountains.
A sobering photo, taken by Kevin Colbaugh of the Johnson City Fire Department, shows several exhausted firefighters lying on a sidewalk for a nap. It was their first break in 30 hours as they battle the deadly fires.
“The next time u hear someone complain about their bed being a Lil too hard, show them this…” Colbaugh wrote.
Two firefighters are seen using their gear as pillows, while the remaining take comfort on the hard concrete. One firefighter wears a facemask as he remains on the truck.
Seven people have died and dozens more injured in the wildfires that left residents “running for their lives,” according to Gatlinburg Mayor Mike Werner. About 14,000 people have been evacuated, and more than 200 firefighters are on the ground, ABC News reported.
The wildfire has been more than 15,000 acres in Sevier County alone, firefighters said.