Man dead, woman escapes after Sevierville cabin blaze

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A man died after a fire at a Sevierville cabin Monday night.

According to the City of Sevierville, the fire started at a long-term rental cabin on Walini Way around 8 p.m. Monday.

Gunter Seils was killed in the blaze. Maureen Seils was able to escape through a bedroom window and wasn’t hurt. We’re told she’s with family.

“You never want to see this happen. We’re feeling for the family and just asking for prayers and thoughts for them,” said Bob Stahlke, spokesperson for the City of Sevierville.

Firefighters arrived at the home fully involved in the fire. About an hour into their operations, the blaze was reignited when the upper floor and roof collapsed. 

A nearby home was also evacuated and suffered minor fire damage. The resident was later allowed to return to the residence. 

“I suppose one silver lining if there is one, is that it has been so wet that it may have stopped the fire from spreading farther. This could have been something worse given different conditions,” said Stahlke.

The cause of the fire is under investigation. Firefighters were at the cabin on Tuesday sifting through the ashes.

“It’s quite a complicated procedure. As you can see it’ll take them a lot of time, it’s a lot of work. It’s very meticulous but the big thing they’re trying to do is see what caused the fire,” added Stahlke.

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