One-year-anniversary of 2016 Gatlinburg fires
(CNN) — People in East Tennessee are marking the one-year-anniversary of the deadly Gatlinburg fires.
Fourteen people died when winds, up to 60 miles an hour, pushed fires through Gatlinburg, destroying more than 2,000 homes and buildings.
Gatlinburg’s fire chief said the winds were so intense it was like trying to fight a fire in a tornado.
Entire neighborhoods were evacuated on very short notice.
Insurance claims have approached $1 billion.
People are still rebuilding homes, businesses and community sites including churches.
Country music superstar Dolly Parton, a Sevier County native created a fund that paid out $9 million to victims.
Gatlinburg and Sevier County are holding a memorial ceremony Tuesday night to observe the one year anniversary of the wildfires and honor those who were killed.
Prosecutors dropped charges against two juveniles who were accused of starting the fires.
Investigators found there were several fires originating in different places.