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Information wanted on Elkmont fire

Tips are needed related to a human-caused fire that resulted in damage to cabins in the Elkmont Historic District of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Park rangers responded to an initial report of a fire at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 19, to find multiple cabins damaged in the area known as Daisy Town. These cabins are closed to the public but are slated for rehabilitation. Rangers were able to keep damage to the structures at a minimum.

The National Park Service Investigative Branch is investigating the incident. Anybody who may have observed activity leading to the fire should contact investigators. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., submit a tip at www.nps.gov/isb, call or text 888.653.0009 or message on Facebook @InvestigativeServicesNPS or on Twitter @SpecialAgentNPS.

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