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Victims of deadly 2016 Tennessee fire will have another chance to pursue lawsuits


GATLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) — Victims of a deadly 2016 wildfire that began in Great Smoky Mountains National Park before it burned through a Tennessee tourist town will have another chance to seek compensation from the federal government. Several lawsuits claim park employees failed to warn the city of Gatlinburg and its residents of the danger until it was too late. On Thursday, a three-judge panel of the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals overturned an early ruling that had dismissed many such lawsuits. The fire killed 14 people in Gatlinburg and caused an estimated $2 billion in losses. It began on less than half an acre in a remote section of the park during the Thanksgiving holidays, when the park was minimally staffed.

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