3 dead, 14 in hospitals after wildfires in Gatlinburg

Arrowmont School of the Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg (Bill May via WATE)
Arrowmont School of the Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg (Bill May via WATE)

GATLINBURG, TN (WSPA) – Three people have died and 14 were taken to hospitals after wildfires in Sevier County.

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam said it was the largest fire in 100 years in the state.

Officials have also said three people were taken to a burn center in Nashville.

More than 2,000 people spent Monday night in shelters in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge.

Around 150 buildings in Sevier County have been damaged or destroyed.

No firefighters have been hurt as of Tuesday evening. By then, most of the fires were reportedly under control as firefighters prepared for the next 24 hours.

Crews are working to clear roads of downed power lines and trees. They say until that work is done, it is too dangerous to reach some areas to complete door to door checks.

The names of the three victims had not been released.

Wednesday, City of Gatlinburg officials asked customers to conserve water. Firefighting activities combined with water loss from burned structures  has placed high demand on city resources. Water quality might have been compromised so customers need to boil water for food prep and drinking

The Red Cross set up a donation center to distribute and receive goods.  It’s at New Hope Church of God 2450 Winfield Dunn Parkway Kodak, TN, 37764.  The phone number is (865) 932 4673.

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