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Smokies Stronger: Sevier County one year later

One year ago, lives changed forever when the "perfect storm" caused fires to burn across Gatlinburg and other parts of Sevier County. These are the stories of that night. These are the experiences Sevier County survived.

Lauren Slome

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Published: 11/28/2017 9:24:51 AM
Updated: 10:54 AM EST December 4, 2017

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On Nov. 28, 2016, tornado-strength winds fanned the flames of the Chimney Tops 2 fire. What started as a small, 1.5-acre fire in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park quickly became a natural disaster as winds topped 70 miles per hour. By the time the smoke cleared, the storm claimed 14 lives and thousands of homes and businesses. Over the past year we have filled in many of the gaps, answering questions and telling the stories of bravery, rescue and hope that night. In doing so, we hope to move forward.

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