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Audrea and Michael Smith were so excited.
In just a couple of weeks they were planning to vacation in Pigeon Forge marking their 5th wedding anniversary.
Then they got a call that ruined their plans.
Audrea Smith and her husband talk about their upcoming trip almost every day.
"We found this one and it seemed like it was the perfect one," says Audrea Smith.
The one bedroom cabin is nicknamed "Purely Majestic." The Smiths thought it was the perfect place to mark their fifth anniversary.
The only thing that could ruin their plans is the horrible news that seems hard to believe.
"It looks like something out of California when you see the wildfires there. It really didn't look like anything I'd ever seen here," says Audrea Smith.
Audrea and Michael hoped the cabin they had reserved was safe, until the phone rang Monday afternoon.
"All they said was well we have some bad news for you. And she said I'm sorry but your cabin burned down," says Smith.
Audrea knows she's one of many people that received a phone call.
With more than 50 cabins destroyed, many vacations are now in limbo.
"It is sad to see so many beautiful cabins and beautiful forests up there in the mountains burned down," says Audrea Smith.
Now Audrea and her husband are scrambling. They are trying to find another cabin.
They spent their honeymoon in Pigeon Forge. Now, five years later, they hope to go back.
"Looking frantically, hoping for something that's comparable, same price, a beautiful view, just like the other one," says Smith.
Audrea Smith says the resort refunded her deposit, but the only other cabin available was a 12-bedroom.
Obviously, that's much too big for Audrea and her husband.
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Tuesday, March 19 2013, 05:50 AM CDT
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