2 juveniles charged in connection with fatal Tennessee wildfires

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GATLINBURG, TN – NOVEMBER 30: The remains of a van and home smolder in the wake of a wildfire November 30, 2016 in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. Thousands of people have been evacuated from the area and over 100 houses and businesses were damaged or destroyed. Drought conditions and high winds helped the fire spread through the […]

An investigation by Special Agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, National Park Service, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the Sevier County Sheriff’s Office has resulted in charges being placed against two juveniles in connection with the horrific Tennessee wildfires that left 14 people dead.
Last week, at the request of 4th District Attorney General James Dunn, TBI Special Agents began working alongside the National Park Service and ATF to investigate the wildfires that began last month.
During the course of the investigation, information was developed that two juveniles allegedly started the fire.
On Wednesday, a petition was filed in juvenile court charging the juveniles with Aggravated Arson.
Both were taken into custody and booked in to the Sevier County Juvenile Detention Center. 
At this time the investigation is active and ongoing.

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