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2 juveniles charged with aggravated arson in Gatlinburg wildfires

Fire erupts on both side of Highway 441 between Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, Tenn., Monday, Nov. 28, 2016. In Gatlinburg, smoke and fire caused the mandatory evacuation of downtown and surrounding areas, according to the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency. (Jessica Tezak/Knoxville News Sentinel via AP)

Two juveniles now face arson charges for their part in the Sevier County wildfires that killed 14 people and destroyed hundreds of structures.

Officials made the announcement at a press conference on Wednesday.

State officials said the juveniles were not from Sevier County but were Tennessee residents.

The two are currently in custody at the Sevier County Juvenile Detention Facility.

The investigation is ongoing and additional charges may be forthcoming.

This story is developing and will be updated as details become available.


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