It is being called “The 100 Year Fire”
14,000 people were evacuated. Three have died. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Dollywood were heavily impacted by raging wildfires and 70 mph winds.
“This is a fire for the history books. The likes of this has never been seen here. But the worst is definitely over with,” Gatlinburg Fire Chief Greg Miller told the media, the Knoxville News Sentinel reports. He said that there were still about 14 buildings ablaze in Gatlingburg. Over 200 firefighters from around Tennessee are on their way and the Tennessee National Guard has been helping out by dumping water on the flames. Several people have been reported missing since the fire broke out.
EL SONADOR MEXICAN RESTAURANT
GATLINBURG VILLAGES TOWNHOUSES
CREEK PLACE EFFICIENCIES
804 DAVENPORT ROAD
ROARING FORK BAPTIST CHURCH
ROARING FORK COTTAGE
ROBERT E. LEE MOTEL
ALAMO STEAKHOUSE AND SALOON
COUNTRY TOWN N’ SUITES
CARR’S NORTHSIDE COTTAGES
THE TREETOPS RESORT
OGLE’S MARKET AND 73 CAR WASH
Thank goodness the rain started to fall on December 4th to provide a bit of relief.
Knoxnews is reporting that two teens will be charged with arson in connection to the devastating wildfires. The two unnamed teens are in custody in Sevier County, Tennessee. Much of the area lies in Federal Jurisdiction, so there are a number of ways that the trial could go.
4th Judicial District Attorney Jimmy Dunn told the media that, “all options are on the table.”
Dunn said the two suspects will have a detention hearing “within the next 72 hours.” The hearing will determine if the two will be held without bond, with bond or released.
Agents of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and of the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives have worked around the clock since last week on the case.
“Our promise is that we’ll do every effort to help bring closure to those who have lost so much,” TBI Director Mark Gwyn said.
We are hoping a praying for a quick recovery for Gatlinburg, Tennessee and all of those affected.
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