3 more bod­ies found in Tenn. wild­fire ru­ins; toll is at seven

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - NATION+WORLD -

Three more bod­ies were found in the ru­ins of wild­fires that torched hun­dreds of homes and busi­nesses in the Great Smoky Moun­tains area, rais­ing the death toll to seven, a Ten­nessee mayor said Wed­nes­day.

Search-and-res­cue mis­sions con­tin­ued, and Se­vier County Mayor Larry Waters said they had found three peo­ple who had been trapped since the fires started spread­ing wildly in high winds Mon­day night. The mayor said the three were OK.

“That is some good, pos­i­tive news for a change,” he said.

The mayor said au­thor­i­ties are still work­ing to iden­tify the dead and did not re­lease any de­tails about how they were killed. State law en­force­ment set up a hot­line for peo­ple to re­port miss­ing friends and fam­ily.

Gatlin­burg Police Chief Ran­dall Brack­ins said they have searched about 30 per­cent or less of the city so far.

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