Mayor confirms 3 deaths in East Tennessee wildfires
GATLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) -
A Tennessee mayor says three people have died in the wildfires that destroyed hundreds of homes and businesses near the Great Smoky Mountains.
Sevier County Mayor Larry Waters said Tuesday afternoon that he didn't have any details on the deaths. The mayor says authorities are going door-to-door to make sure everyone is safe. About a dozen people have been injured.
Gatlinburg Mayor Mike Werner says they firefighters are still battling hotspots and there will be a curfew in effect Tuesday night. More than 14,000 residents and tourists were forced to evacuate the tourist city in the mountains.
WBIR-TV in Knoxville reports that officials say the deaths were separate, and not in the same area.
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