Death toll from East Tennessee wildfires increases to 10
This Nov. 29, 2016, photo shows a Gatlinburg, Tennessee, visitors' center sign destroyed in wildfires that killed multiple people.
GATLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) -
The death toll from wildfires that ravaged East Tennessee this week now stands at 10, according to Sevier County Mayor Larry Waters, speaking at a news conference on Thursday.
Waters said Thursday afternoon that authorities had discovered three additional deaths. He did not release any details about the fatalities and said authorities are still working to positively identify the remains.
Hurricane-force winds fueled wildfires on Monday night, forcing more than 14,000 residents and tourists to evacuate the city of Gatlinburg.
Waters also said some people who were reported missing in those fires have been found, but did not give a specific number. He also said about 80 people have been treated for fire-related injuries at a local hospital.
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