2 juveniles charged in Tennessee wildfires that killed 14

Charges were announced at a news conference, Wednesday

Authorities have charged two juveniles with 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 Great Smoky Mountains National Park announced charges at a news conference, Wednesday.

Dunn said the juveniles face aggravated arson charges for the fire in the Chimney Tops area of Great Smoky Mountains National Park on November 23. The fire spread to the Gatlinburg area, causing widespread damage. They’re being held in the Sevier County juvenile detention center.

They said the juveniles are from Tennessee, but not Sevier County. State law prevents the release of more information about the individuals.

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

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