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Brothers who escaped wildfires on the road to recovery

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Summers family updated the media on the condition of three men who were rushed to the hospital following the fires in East Tennessee.

Doctors said Wesley and Branson are both undergoing surgery at this time. Both need skin grafts after the injuries they sustained from the fire.

Officials are hopeful both men will be released from the hospital sometime next week at the earliest.

A third brother, Jared, has already been released from the hospital following treatment.

All three were allowed to spend a brief time together Thursday when they were told the bodies of their parents, Janet and Jon, had been found.

“Their injuries pale in comparison with their grief. Their extended family and friends are now their family. They will be supported just as my brothers, sister and I were supported by a loving aunt and family 50 years ago when we learned that our mother had died, leaving three sons and a two-year-old daughter.”

WREG’s Bridget Chapman was told the family was trying to escape when a tree on fire fell in the road, blocking their path.

“The children basically walked through, ran through a wall of fire to get to where they were and were taken to the hospital,” said Jim Summers.

Somehow Jon and Janet went one way while the three brothers went the other, all fighting through thick smoke and destruction.

A donation page has been set up to help cover the boy’s medical expenses.

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