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Death tolls rises in Tennessee

Friday, December 02, 2016 - 01:49

The death toll rises from the fire in the around the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Tennessee. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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STORY: Authorities say the death toll rises from the fire in the around the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Tennessee to 12 people killed directly by the fire, and one person killed in a fire related incident. "I can''t describe to you the feelings that we have over this tragedy," Mayor of Sevier County Larry Waters said. He said the death toll from the fire has risen to 12. "We have one person that passed away not as a direct result of the disaster, but had a heart attack over fleeing from the fire, and ended up having a heart attack." Sen. Bob Corker, who is under consideration for a post in the Trump Administration returned to Tennessee to offer his support and condolences. Waters said President elect Trump and President Barack Obama have both reached out to officials in Tennessee to offer support. Investigators have determined the so-called Chimney Tops 2 fire, which laid waste to whole neighborhoods in the resort town of Gatlinburg earlier this week, was caused by unspecified human activity, officials said. Total property losses from the fire have been put at more than 700 structures, with most of the destruction in Gatlinburg, known as the "gateway to the Great Smoky Mountains," in eastern Tennessee, about 40 miles (64 km) southeast of Knoxville.

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Death tolls rises in Tennessee

Friday, December 02, 2016 - 01:49