At least 3 killed in eastern Tennessee fires

A burned down home in Gatlinburg, Tennessee.
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Authorities in Tennessee announced Tuesday that at least three people have died in wildfires that are raging around the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

In the resort towns of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, dozens of homes and buildings have burned down, and thousands of residents have been forced to evacuate. At the Dollywood theme park in Pigeon Forge, there is some damage to cabins, but the park is not burning. "This is a fire for the history books," Gatlinburg Fire Chief Greg Miller said. "The likes of this has never been seen here."

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