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Death Toll Rises to 7 in Gatlinburg, Tennessee

30 Nov 2016, 7:08 pm

Seven people are now confirmed dead from the wildfires in Tennessee that torched hundreds of homes and businesses.

On Wednesday, search-and-rescue missions continued, and Sevier County Mayor Larry Waters said they had found three people who had been trapped since the fires started spreading wildly in high winds on Monday night. The mayor said the three were OK.

More than 14,000 people were evacuated from Gatlinburg on Monday night, and many of them are still nervously awaiting word of when they can get back in the city to see if they still have homes.

A firefighter was hurt fighting the blaze. His injuries appeared to be minor. The search continues for others who might have been killed or injured but not discovered due to blocked roads and power outages.

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