Insurance claims from Sevier Co. wildfires nearing $1 billion

Jan. 30, 2017: Sevier County wildfires caused almost $1 billion in insurance claims, according to the state Department of Commerce and Insurance.

Insurance claims filed following the devastating Sevier County wildfires in November are nearing $1 billion in combined residential and commercial property losses. 

According to the Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance, 4,233 claims totaling $943,003,361.55 have been filed as of Jan. 20. 

A department spokesman said TDCI "continues to support Sevier County residents who are rebuilding in the wake of the devastation." 

The fires covered 17,136 acres and destroyed, damaged or affected roughly 2,460 structure across Sevier County and Gatlinburg. The fires resulted in the deaths of 14 people. 

In mid-December, Sevier County Mayor Larry Waters estimated that the wildfires had caused more than $500 million in damage to private and commercial properties. 

The damage claims have continued to rise now two months following the fires. State officials said 3,947 claims totaling $842,245,997.98 had been received as of Jan. 6. Another 276 claims totaling more than $101 million were filed in the two weeks between Jan. 6 and 20. 

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