The number of victims of forest fires in Tennessee has risen to 11 people, arrested a suspect in the arson
In the U.S. state of Tennessee continue to blaze forest fires. According to the latest data, 11 people were killed, 80 were injured, hundreds of homes destroyed and damaged. 14 thousand people were evacuated.
John and Janet summers, a couple from Memphis, was confirmed dead during natural fires. Together with them the number of victims reached 11, says NBC. They arrived in the resort town of Gatlinburg along with their adult sons to celebrate his birthday. The signal to evacuate the Summers got Monday evening, November 28. By the time they were practically surrounded by fire. The sons of the couple were found in the woods with severe burns and taken to hospital.
Another victim was 70-year-old Alice Hagler. The last time she was on the phone with my son when he was in his house in Gatlinburg. “My mother called me, desperately shouting that the house was on fire. I told her to get out of the house,” said her son, James wood. After that, the connection was broken.
On the eve of 1 December, local authorities have encouraged people who have lost touch with their loved ones alive was found 74 people are missing. However, in some cases, justified the worst suspicions.
As the channel Fox, in the near future, local authorities plan to open roads in the districts covered by the disaster so that people could check the status of their property. It is already known that the state natural Park burned more than six acres of woodland. Of rain Tuesday and Wednesday, was not enough to stop the spread of fire.
Meanwhile, reports Wink News, it became known about the arrest of a man who is suspected of arson of forest and destroying 65 acres of green space. It is assumed that the 24-year-old Dakota Ashton Tucker had deliberately set the fire on November 14. It is threatened by punishment in the form of deprivation of liberty for a term up to six years and a fine of $ 3,000.
The newspaper reminds that this year, Tennessee has seen more than 1400 forest fires, almost half of them caused fires.
Country music singer Dolly parton, whose theme Park, Dollywood, is located near the epicenter of the fires, has promised to pay a thousand dollars a month people who were left homeless in fires that are raging in her home state. She announced the creation of a charitable Foundation and called on companies operating in the entertainment industry, to join the initiative. “We want to reach out to those families who lost everything in the fire. I know it was a difficult time for my people and offer my assistance,” she said in a short video posted to Twitter.
Help those who lost their homes in the Tennessee wildfires. Donate to the My People Fund by visiting https://t.co/Uydp1gDCwJ . #mypeoplefund pic.twitter.com/xyvXoCeIE1