Death toll in East TN wildfires rises to 10

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GATLINBURG, Tenn. (WATE) – Officials in Tennessee say the death toll has now reached 10 in the fires in Gatlinburg and Sevier County.

The remains of those killed have not yet been positively identified nor have families been notified. Officials say the victims were found in the Campbell Lead Road area and were all adults.

So far, 80 people have been treated at LeConte Medical Center for fire-related injuries.

Sevier County Mayor Larry Waters said that three more people had been rescued – two in an elevator at the Westgate Resort and one person was rescued from a private home on Ski Mountain.

The number of buildings destroyed or damaged in Sevier County has risen to at least 400. Another 300 or so have been damaged or destroyed in Gatlinburg.

A curfew is in place in Gatlinburg. Many people are still anxiously waiting to get back into Gatlinburg to see if their home has been damaged.

Hurricane-force winds fueled wildfires on Monday night, forcing more than 14,000 residents and tourists to evacuate the city of Gatlinburg.

The superintendent of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park says the wildfires that devastated parts of eastern Tennessee were likely human-caused.

Sevier County native and country music legend Dolly Parton has announced that she’ll donate $1,000 per month to families who lost everything in the fire.

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