Ten people dead, dozens injured following East TN fires

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GATLINGBURG, Tenn. — Officials are set to discuss the latest developments on the East Tennessee fires.

Officials said ten people have died following the fires in East Tennessee.They have identified all of those victims, but are waiting to notify next of kin before releasing any names.

The number of people being treated at nearby hospitals has also increased to 74.

Thankfully, many people who were reported missing have been found through leads on Thursday.

There is still no word on the missing Memphis couple whose three sons are in local hospital recovering.

All the fires in the county and city are out except for a few hot spots, the mayor said. A majority of the land has also been searched. Officials are hopeful they won’t find any more dead since the search is almost complete.

The city and county are now starting to allow residents back into their homes on a limited access basis to assess the damage.

Despite the damage, officials said the area is open for business. They encouraged people who had planned to travel to the area to continue to do so.

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