GATLINBURG – Authorities have charged two juveniles in connection with the fires that started last month in the Chimney Tops area of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and swept through Sevier County, killing 14 and injuring more than 130. The juveniles were charged with aggravated arson, but could face additional charges later. They are currently being held at the Sevier County Juvenile Detention Center.
“Everything is on the table,” James Dunn, district attorney general of the 4th District.During the coming days, a judge will determine whether to grant the two bond and – if so – how much. They also could be tried as adults.
“Numerous hours have gone into conducting interviews and investigating this incident from every angle,” said Mark Gwyn, director of the TBI, adding that local and state agencies “have been working tirelessly.”
Officials said little about the identities of the juveniles other than they were not from Sevier County but were from Tennessee.