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BREAKING: 2 Juveniles Charged in Connection with Deadly Sevier County Wildfires

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  At a press conference in Sevierville, Tennessee, authorities announced two juveniles are under arrest and being charged with aggravated arson in connection with the deadly Sevierville wildfires that killed 14 people last week and damaged around 1700 structures.

"Our promise is that we will do our very best to help bring closure to those who have lost so much," said Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Director Mark Gywn.

FROM A TBI MEDIA RELEASE: 

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 people in connection with the deadly wildfires in Sevier County.

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.

Today, a petition was filed in juvenile court charging the juveniles with Aggravated Arson. Both were taken into custody and transported to the Sevier County Juvenile Detention Center. At this time the investigation is active and ongoing.

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