• Two juveniles arrested for starting largest Tennessee fire in 100 years

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    In a press conference, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation announced two juveniles have been charged with starting the deadly East Tennessee wildfires that swept through Gatlinburg. 

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    Both juveniles are facing multiple charges including aggravated arson.

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    Investigators say the fire started at the Chimney Top area in the Great Smoky Mountains tourist region. 

    FOX13 is working to learn additional information about the charges the two juveniles are facing. 

    A week ago on Monday hurricane force winds fueled the fire that turned hotels, lodges, and other buildings to rubble. 


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    Fourteen people died during the devastating fires in Sevier County.

    1,700 structures were destroyed.

    "Our promise is that we will do every effort to help bring closure to those who have lost so much," said Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Director Mark Gwyn.

    The juveniles are from Tennessee, but not Sevier County, where the fires spread. Otherwise, officials said state law prevents releasing more information about them.

    The investigation is ongoing and more charges could come. It's also possible that the case could be transferred to an adult criminal court, Dunn said.

    The juveniles are entitled to a detention hearing within 72 hours in which a juvenile court judge will decide to hold them without bond, hold them with bond, or release them, Dunn said.

    Dunn constantly said everything was "part of the investigation" when asked for details.

    Asked if others could be charged in the fire, Dunn repeated that "everything's on the table."

    "We don't know," he said.

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