TBI Director Mark Gwyn announced Wednesday two juveniles have been charged with starting the deadly wildfires in Sevier County. The two were arrested Wednesday morning and charged with aggravated arson. They are being held in the Sevier County Juvenile Detention Center. A detention hearing is scheduled within 72 hours and additional charges could be filed.
Officials say the two had a role in starting the fire on November 23 in the Chimney Tops, which eventually spread to Gatlinburg and the surrounding area, leading to 14 people’s deaths.
This is harsh but they should be charged with manslaughter since people died and since environmental crimes bring such small penalties.