Lawmakers tour Sevier County damage, vow that help is on the way

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SEVIER COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) – State and federal leaders had their first look on Friday at the devastation caused by an East Tennessee wildfire.

The fire hits close to home for Sen. Bob Corker, whose wife grew up in the area.

“I want to thank everyone for the way that they have handled this. My heart goes out to those who’ve had loss, my wife, Elizabeth, is from this area. We’ve been here many times,” said Sen. Corker.

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Each lawmaker who was present for Friday’s tour reassured residents that more help is on the way.

“This is extraordinary what’s happening here. I haven’t seen one bit of ego, one bit of turf, one bit of that’s ours and not yours, why are you doing this. It’s really just a group of people who are committed to making this right in a disaster situation like this it’s incredibly encouraging, but not surprising to see the way the people here have reacted,” stated Gov. Bill Haslam.

Lawmakers say their job is to now make sure the federal government follows through and does everything it’s supposed to do.

Support has already been pledged by both the current and incoming administrations.

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