Mayor says Tennessee wildfires have killed 7

A scorched vehicle sits next to a burned out building in Gatlinburg, Tenn., Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016. The fatal fires swept over the tourist town the night before, causing widespread damage. Thousands of people raced through a hell-like landscape to escape wildfires that killed several people and destroyed hundreds of homes in the Great Smoky Mountains. (AP Photo/Erik Schelzig)
A scorched vehicle sits next to a burned out building in Gatlinburg, Tenn., Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016. The fatal fires swept over the tourist town the night before, causing widespread damage. Thousands of people raced through a hell-like landscape to escape wildfires that killed several people and destroyed hundreds of homes in the Great Smoky Mountains. (AP Photo/Erik Schelzig)

GATLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) – A Tennessee mayor says three more bodies have been recovered after the wildfires in the Great Smoky Mountains, bringing the total number of deaths to seven.

Sevier County Mayor Larry Waters said Wednesday that officials believe more than 400 buildings have been damaged in the county. He also noted that three people who were trapped after the wildfires Monday night have been rescued. He did not go into details about the rescue, and said authorities have not positively identified the dead.

He says search-and-rescue missions are ongoing.


GATLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee mayor is confirming another fatality in the wildfires that swept through the Great Smoky Mountains. This brings the total to four deaths.

Sevier County Mayor Larry Waters also said Wednesday that nearly four dozen people had been injured in the fires.

The wildfires destroyed more than 150 buildings. Heavy rain fell early Wednesday, which is helping put out some of the wildfires, but officials say more than 200 firefighters are still out battling flames and hotspots.

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