From The Trussville Tribune Staff Reports
MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Two juveniles have been charged with aggravated arson after the wildfires in east Tennessee that killed at least 14 and destroyed hundreds of buildings.
The Tennessee Bureau o Investigation hasn’t released much information about the suspects, as they are under the age of 18. If they are charged as adults, more information could be released.
“As a result of the local, state and federal agencies working together, we are pleased to announce that two people have now been charged for their roles in starting the fire,” TBI Director Mark Gwyn said. “Unfortunately, these two individuals are juveniles. I can tell you that this investigation is active and ongoing and we still have a lot of work to do.”
According to Fourth District Attorney General James Dunn, the fires started in the Chimney Top area of the Great Smoky Mountains.
“The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the National Park Service, and the Sevier County Sheriff’s Office have conducted a joint investigation into the cause of this fire,” Dunn said. “I like to thank those agencies for their hard work and collaborative efforts.”
The two charged with the crime are being held at the Juvenile Detention Center in Sevier County, according to Dunn. The two aren’t fron Sevier County, but are residents of Tennessee.
Publisher’s Note: This story was edited at 8:11 p.m. to change the word children to juveniles which accurately reflects the term used by Tennessee authorities.