Firefighters are still battling the massive fires and blazes that completely destroyed East Tennessee, especially Gatlinburg and Pigeon Hole, but it looks as though they’ve finally caught the people that they think are responsible. From the very get-go, firefighters believed that these fires were the result of arson. Unfortunately, now it seems as though they were right.
According to an investigation carried out by local, state, and federal agents, two 14-year-old juveniles have been arrested and charged with aggravated arson. WHNT reports that the two juveniles aren’t from Sevier County, where they are being held. The court has 72 hours to give them a detention hearing. We also know that additional charges are being considered, so these two juveniles better hope that what they did wasn’t with malicious intent.
Although the damage is still being totaled, at least 14 people died in these Tennessee fires. 150 others were injured and hundreds of millions of dollars of damage have been done. The fire originated in the Chimney Tops area on November 23rd, but a combination of serious drought and incredibly strong winds helped to push the fire way past the point of control.