Two juveniles charged with starting deadly Tennessee wildfires


Author: Steven Shaw
Date: 12.07.16

Two juveniles have been charged with starting a fire in East Tennessee that killed 14 people and damaged or destroyed nearly 2,000 buildings.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, District Attorney General James Dunn and the National Park Service announced charges for the Chimney Tops  fire in Great Smoky Mountains National Park at a press conference.

The juveniles are charged with aggravated arson. The Chimney Tops fire started on November 23rd and quickly spread to the Gatlinburg area.

The youths are being held in a juvenile detention center. Tennessee law prohibits releasing more information about the juveniles but investigators did note that it is possible the case may move into adult courts.

The investigation into the fire is far from over and more charges may come.