Charges dropped against juveniles in Gatlinburg wildfires

Fourth Judicial District Attorney General Jimmy Dunn said the charges were dropped because it is “highly unlikely and improbably that the Chimney Tops II fire would have left the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and reached Gatlinburg. Dunn said an investigation on the fire at Chimney Tops fire is now complete and because of weather conditions, prosecutors are unable to prove criminal responsibility of the two juveniles beyond a reasonable doubt.

“Once the investigation confirmed multiple fires with multiple points of origin, it became impossible to prove which fire may have caused the death of an individual or damage to a particular structure,” said Dunn. “Based upon this evidence, the State’s case was narrowed to prosecuting conduct that occurred wholly within the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.”

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