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sevierville, tenn.» Au­thor­i­ties on Wed­nes­day charged two ju­ve­niles in an East Ten­nessee wild­fire that killed 14 peo­ple and de­stroyed or dam­aged more than 1,700 build­ings.

The Ten­nessee Bureau of In­ves­ti­ga­tion, lo­cal District At­tor­ney Gen­eral James Dunn and Great Smoky Moun­tains Na­tional Park an­nounced charges at a news con­fer­ence Wed­nes­day, but re­leased few other specifics about the ju­ve­niles or how the fire started.

Dunn said the ju­ve­niles face ag­gra­vated ar­son charges in the fire in the Chim­ney Tops area of Great Smoky Moun­tains Na­tional Park on Nov. 23. Amid hur­ri­cane-force winds, the fire spread to the Gatlin­burg area early last week, caus­ing wide­spread dam­age. They’re be­ing held in the Se­vier County ju­ve­nile de­ten­tion cen­ter.

“Our prom­ise is that we will do ev­ery ef­fort to help bring clo­sure to those who have lost so much,” said Ten­nessee Bureau of In­ves­ti­ga­tion Di­rec­tor Mark Gwyn.

The ju­ve­niles are from Ten­nessee, but not Se­vier County, where the fire spread. Oth­er­wise, of­fi­cials said state law pre­vents re­leas­ing more in­for­ma­tion about them.

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