On Wednesday, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation announced two juveniles have been charged with aggravated arson in the Tennessee wildfires that have killed 14 people.
The names and ages of the teenage suspects were not released. Officials said both suspects are residents of East Tennessee but are not from Sevier County, where the bulk of the devastation has occurred. The suspects are currently being detained and may be charged as adults with additional charges.
On Nov. 23, the “Chimney Top 2” fire began ravaging the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Five days later, the fire expanded to the tourist towns of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge. Thousands of residents have fled the region, leaving behind most of their possessions. At least 14 have been killed in the fires, and approximately 150 are reported injured. More than 1,700 homes and structures have been damaged or destroyed, according to NBC News.
This video shows a fire crew traveling through the blaze as it engulfed Gatlinburg on Nov. 28.
On Monday, the fire encroached on Dolly Parton’s theme park, Dollywood, but the park was spared. A native of East Tennessee, Parton has vowed to provide $1,000 a month to families displaced by the fires. She is also hosting a telethon on Dec. 13 to raise funds for victims of the blaze.
“I know there are a lot of great events being planned to help the people of East Tennessee,” Parton said in a statement. “However, I am planning a telethon to support the ‘My People Fund’ where 100% of the money will help those who lost their homes in the wildfire.”