Wednesday, December 07, 2016

Two Minors Accused of Starting the Tennessee Wildfires that Killed 14

Two juveniles have been accused of starting the deadly November wildfires in Tennessee, which have claimed 14 lives so far and are still burning, PEOPLE confirms. Both juveniles have been charged with aggravated arson and booked into the Sevier County Juvenile Detention Center in Tennessee, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said in a statement Wednesday. They were arrested Wednesday, bureau spokeswoman Leslie Earhart says. The suspects have not been identified, and the TBI says no further information is available from its office. The suspects are residents of Tennessee but are not from Sevier County, Earhart says. The suspects’ ages, genders and other identifying information was not available, she says. “During the course of the investigation, information was developed that two juveniles allegedly started the fire,” the TBI said in its statement. Earhart declined to comment further, including on how the fires may have allegedly been started. She says “it’s possible” more suspects could be arrested: “We haven’t ruled anything out.”...more

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