The unfortunate incident that led to the Gatlinburg fire disaster has been a subject of many people’s conversations in Alabama. Incredible rescue stories and insights have been unraveled by 911 calls made on that night.
A couple in Alabama was of particular interest after it was rescued having spent nearly 9 hours stuck inside an elevator at the Westgate Resort. Fortunately, the firefighters made it on time to rescue them.
911 received a call from Reba Williams around 4:05 a.m., having repeatedly calling earlier for help. They were both stuck inside the elevator between two floors in a building that was burning to the ground.
"Ma'am they're getting up there as fast as they can, okay?" the 911 dispatcher said. "Can you use any of your clothing to put over your face, okay? To help you breathe."
The call triggers emotional anguish as Reba can be heard continuously praying and telling her husband she loved him. Reba told 10News, she had already said her goodbyes, not thinking she would be rescued in time.
The dispatcher learned how intense the situation was in the middle of the phone, out of curiosity the dispatcher learned how dire the situation was at hand by asking how long they had been in the elevator?
Shockingly, Reba replied, "Since 8 p.m." It was now 4:20 a.m. and crews were still en route to rescue the couple. With the intent of keeping the conversation going, the dispatcher continued to keep them calm by emphasizing that the fire fighters are getting closer. Unfortunately, they lost the connection
Upon arrival, the firefighters found the building engulfed in flames. The skilled firefighters did not give up. Instead, they pried the door open and rescued the Williams.
Good news was received by a first responder who said that they had located and rescued both people in the elevator in the 4,000 building. After the same firefighters went back the next day, the elevator shaft where Reba and Joe Williams spent most of their night was the only part of the building that was left. Well, that was a miracle.