Officials complete damage assessment for Sevier County wildfires

FILE - In this Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016, file photo, smoke rises from destroyed homes, many burned down to the foundation, the day after a wildfire that hit Gatlinburg, Tenn. Experts said that escaping a fire-filled forest, as thousands did Nov. 28 in the Great Smoky Mountains, can be more traumatic than disasters such as hurricanes, floods or earthquakes. One reason: Flames that scorched neighborhoods in the Gatlinburg, Tenn., area spread so rapidly that people had no time to brace for it. (Paul Efird/Knoxville News Sentinel via AP, File)
FILE - In this Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016, file photo, smoke rises from destroyed homes, many burned down to the foundation, the day after a wildfire that hit Gatlinburg, Tenn. Experts said that escaping a fire-filled forest, as thousands did Nov. 28 in the Great Smoky Mountains, can be more traumatic than disasters such as hurricanes, floods or earthquakes. One reason: Flames that scorched neighborhoods in the Gatlinburg, Tenn., area spread so rapidly that people had no time to brace for it. (Paul Efird/Knoxville News Sentinel via AP, File)

SEVIER COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) – Officials have completed the damage assessment for the deadly wildfires in Sevier County.

According to a press release, 2,460 structures have been damaged or destroyed.

That number includes:

  • Residential Structures destroyed: 1,123 in the county, 981 in Gatlinburg, 17 in Pigeon Forge
  • Commercial Structures destroyed: 5 in the county, 53 in Gatlinburg, none in Pigeon Forge
  • Residential Structures with major damage: 7 in the county, 7 in Gatlinburg, none in Pigeon Forge
  • Commercial Structures with major damage: none in the county, 3 in Gatlinburg, none in Pigeon Forge
  • Residential Structures with minor damage: 42 in the county, 29 in Gatlinburg, none in Pigeon Forge
  • Commercial Structures with minor damage: 1 in the county, 1 in Gatlinburg, none in Pigeon Forge
  • Residential Structures affected: 126 in the county, 54 in Gatlinburg, 1 in Pigeon Forge
  • Commercial Structures affected: 1 in the county, 9 in Gatlinburg, 0 in Pigeon Forge

The wildfire also led to the deaths of 14 people and 191 injuries or illnesses. A Tennessee Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman says of those who were reported missing, only one case remains open. The TBI also received more than 200 leads.

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On Thursday, Gatlinburg City Manager Cindy Cameron Ogle praised the community for their response to the disaster.

“I am proud of how hard our community has worked to provide assistance to those devastated by the fires,” said Gatlinburg City Manager Cindy Cameron Ogle.

She continued, “We focused this week on allowing our residents and business owners the opportunity to return to their properties in privacy as we started the cleanup and healing process together as a community. We have much more work ahead of us, but for now, I look forward to standing behind our business community as we reopen tomorrow to the public and get people back to work.”

The city of Gatlinburg will reopen for business and to the general public at 7 a.m. Friday.

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