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Three Killed as Smokies Wildfire in Tennessee Forces Evacuation of 14,000

Three people have died in wildfires around Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Tennessee, authorities said Tuesday, and firefighters were bracing for another round of lightning and high winds overnight.

The three people died in what Gov. Bill Haslam called “the largest fire in the last hundred years in the state of Tennessee.” Dozens of homes were destroyed, and thousands of residents had to flee in resort towns.

Fourteen people were transported to hospitals, Sevier County Mayor Larry Waters said at a news conference Tuesday afternoon announcing the deaths. Three people were in critical condition with severe burns at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, the hospital officials said. – READ MORE