2 ju­ve­niles charged in wild­fire that killed 14 peo­ple

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SEVIERVILLE | Au­thor­i­ties have charged two ju­ve­niles for start­ing 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 the Great Smoky Moun­tains Na­tional Park an­nounced charges Wed­nes­day.

Mr. Dunn said the ju­ve­niles face ag­gra­vated ar­son charges for the fire in the Chim­ney Tops area of Great Smoky Moun­tains Na­tional Park on Nov. 23. The fire spread to the Gatlin­burg area, caus­ing wide­spread dam­age.

The sus­pects are be­ing held in the Se­vier County ju­ve­nile de­ten­tion cen­ter. Of­fi­cials said the ju­ve­niles are from Ten­nessee, but not Se­vier County.

The in­ves­ti­ga­tion is on­go­ing and more charges could come. Au­thor­i­ties said it’s pos­si­ble they would move the case into adult courts.

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