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Family member of Tennessee fire victims speaks out

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A Louisville woman says her family was inside a Tennessee cabin when it went up in flames over the weekend.

"This was their time to be together. You know, it's horrible," Gaetana told WDRB News about the annual trip.

Officials in Sevier County say than 20 people from Indianapolis and Louisville inside when the fire broke out early Saturday morning.

Gaetana says she's been hearing first hand accounts from her brother, who survived. "It's the most horrible thing he's ever been through in his life," she said.

She didn't want to show her face on camera or use her last name, but Gaetana wants people to know what happened.

Sevier County Communications Coordinator Perrin Anderson says 5-year-old Tyveon Temple's body still hasn't been found. The boy is from Indianapolis and presumed to be dead.

Gaetana says her cousin tried going back into the fire to find him when family members realized he didn't get out.

"Imagine that, you go in a burning building put yourself there looking for your nephew," she said. She added that the cousin couldn't find him.

Gaetana says her Uncle Ricky Hudson died a hero. She says family members were forced to jump from the second floor and Hudson helped them land even though he was hurt.

"My uncle was bleeding and he was catching babies with one arm until he couldn't do it no more," she said.

Officials say Hudson later died of his injuries. Four others were taken to the hospital.

"It's devastation. You come for a weekend getaway and you come home with a part of you missing," said Sevier Co. Fire Marshal Jay Breeden.

Authorities searched the ruins for the boys missing body over the weekend. Gaetana says the world is also missing a great man.

"My Uncle Ricky, he did what he always does best, and that's take care of us," she said.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation. County officials say the cabin was 75 percent engulfed in flames when crews arrived.

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