East Tennessee Wildfire May Have Been Started by Two Kids

December 8, 2016

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The devastating wildfire in eastern Tennessee that has killed 14 people, burned hundreds of acres in the Great Smoky Mountains and destroyed much of the Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge areas may have been started by two kids. Authorities have charged two juveniles with aggravated arson charges after tips from the public led to the two in custody allegedly starting the fires in the Chimney Tops area of Great Smoky Mountains National Park on November 23rd. In the middle of a severe drought, the fire quickly grew out of control, with the help of hurricane force winds. Authorities have not yet announced a dollar amount on the damaged caused by the wildfire. The investigation is ongoing and more charges could come. Residents of Gatlinburg were allowed to return home yesterday after a mandatory evacuation last Friday.  Although many parts of the city were destroyed the main downtown strip appears to have been spared with the city officially opening for business tomorrow (12/9/16).  

If you are able to help firefighters, residents and businesses affected by teh wildfire, you can make a cash donation to the American Red Cross HERE and have it specifically sent for these relief efforts.

Friends and family looking for information of specific people in the affected areas of wildfires in the southeast can can check the American Red Cross Safe and Well web site [CLICK HERE] and search names.  You can also access this information via Facebook [CLICK HERE].

 

SOURCE: Newser/AP

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