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New dashcam video of Gatlinburg fires

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GATLINBURG, Tenn. (WDRB) - Police in Gatlinburg, Tennessee have released new dashcam video of the fire that destroyed several resort businesses and forced thousands to evacuate.

The video shows police and firefighters responding to the fire on November 28, 2016.

Sevierville, Tennessee police got to town about 10 p.m. the night of the fire. Flames were already spreading to several buildings. Officers were pleading with people to evacuate. More than 14,000 people evacuated Gatlinburg the night of November 28.

14 people died in the fire. More than 2,400 structures were damaged or destroyed, causing an estimated $1 billion in damages. 

On June 30, the Fourth District Attorney General's Office announced aggravated arson charges were dropped against two teens. Investigators say the fire was started in an area of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park known as Chimney Tops on Nov. 23, 2016.

According to a news release, the teens were cleared after a 7-month investigation  involving thousands of investigative hours and over 100 interviews with witnesses and experts from multiple states, and concluded Mother Nature was responsible for the rapid spread of the fire.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said its investigation into the fire is still open.

If you'd like to help the victims of the fire, or need help, click here.

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