2 juveniles charged in wildfire that killed 14 people
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.