'Goosebumps': Dollywood Worker Finds Single Burned Bible Page After Wildfires
An employee at Dollywood - the Dolly Parton-owned Tennessee theme park - shared an amazing discovery on Facebook Tuesday after severe wildfires tore through the Gatlinburg area.
The wildfires left at least four people dead and destroyed hundreds of homes and businesses.
Isaac McCord was cleaning up debris along with co-workers when he noticed a single, burned Bible page under a bench. Incredibly, the page included a verse from Joel 1:19 mentioning fire:
"O Lord to thee will I cry: for the fire hath devoured the pastures of the wilderness, and the flame hath burned all the trees of the field. The beasts of the field cry also unto thee: for the rivers of waters are dried up, and the fire hath devoured the pastures of the wilderness."
McCord, a 24-year-old human resources employee at the park, said he picked up the page out of curiosity, not realizing what it was.
His photo of the page has already been shared more than 60,000 times on Facebook. In response to skeptics, McCord noted that other employees were with him when he found it and they corroborated the story to the Knoxville News Sentinel.
He explained to the paper that they were all in disbelief.
"When we had both fully read it, we looked at each other - and I will never forget this moment - we both burst into tears. I was ghost white, and we just prayed. There was nothing else to do. Still to this moment, almost four hours after the fact, I don't have words for it," he said.
Photos of fire currently burning along Dollywood Lane in Pigeon Forge pic.twitter.com/tcLqHKCxQW
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Dollywood, located in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, is closed today due to the fires and will resume theme park operations Friday.
Dollywood said on its website Tuesday that there was no damage to the park itself, but that "more than a dozen cabins managed through Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Cabins were damaged or destroyed." The park said families were evacuated from 50 rooms at Dollywood's DreamMore Resort and 19 cabins at Dollywood's Smoky Mountain Cabins.
Watch Fox News' Jonathan Serrie's report from Gatlinburg below.