Missing Memphis parents killed in Gatlinburg fire

By: Shelby Sansone , Zach Crenshaw

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A couple visiting Gatlinburg, Tennessee, from Memphis was killed after wildfires swept through the city, prompting thousands of people to evacuate their homes, decimating buildings and knocking out power.

>> WATCH: All three sons of Memphis couple killed in fire in stable condition

FOX13 has confirmed Janet and Summers were found dead.

A family member posted about the news in a support group for the Summers family.

"I am sorry to report that at 4:45 p.m. CST the Sevier County Sheriff's department has reported that the Medical Examiner has confirmed that two of the bodies found in North Chalet Village were Jon and Janet Summers. Their 3 sons are aware. Your prayers are appreciated.”

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Their three sons – Jared, Branson, and Wesley Summers – were all recovering at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s burn unit and hospital.

One son has been released. 

>> WATCH: Burn doctor says hospitalized brothers lucky to be alive

Friends tell FOX13 the family was trying to escape the fire closing in around them, when they were stopped on a road. The parents and children were separated when running away on foot.

The three boys were found together, unconscious from smoke inhalation. Two of the boys had burns, some on their face and hands, but are expected to recover.

Friends and family say all three boys were responsive and awake by Wednesday morning, but hooked up to respirators and using white boards to communicate with one another.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) announced Wednesday afternoon that they are continuing to search for missing persons.

If you need to report a missing friend or family member, call 1-800-TBI-FIND.

FOX13's Shelby Sansone is in Nashville working to learn more about this developing story. 

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