2 juveniles charged with starting deadly Sevier County fires

Sidney James Mountain Lodge in Gatlinburg, Tennessee (Credit: Ashley Biggens via WATE ReportIt!)

SEVIER COUNTY, Tenn. (WATE) — Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Director Mark Gwyn announced Wednesday two juveniles have been charged with starting the deadly wildfires in Sevier County, Tennessee.

The two were arrested Wednesday morning and charged with aggravated arson. They are being held in the Sevier County Juvenile Detention Center. A detention hearing is scheduled within 72 hours and additional charges could be filed.

Officials say the two had a role in starting the fire on Nov. 23 in the Chimney Tops, which eventually spread to Gatlinburg and the surrounding area, leading to 14 people’s deaths.

District Attorney General Jimmy Dunn says it is being considered whether to transfer the case to adult court. Dunn says the two are from Tennessee, but not from Sevier County.

The investigation is active and ongoing.

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