Three more bod­ies found in Ten­nessee wild­fire ru­ins, toll at seven

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• gatlin­burg, tenn.» 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 rel­a­tives. Of­fi­cials have not said how many peo­ple they be­lieve are miss­ing.

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

More than 14,000 peo­ple were evac­u­ated from Gatlin­burg on Mon­day night, and many of them are still ner­vously await­ing word of when they can get back in the city to see if they still have homes.

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