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Cherokee Arson Investigation

Updated: Wednesday, February 26 2014, 09:43 PM EST
Investigators are looking into who started a forest fire in Cherokee Tuesday morning that burned 120 acres on Mt. Noble. The fire also burned some land in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

The Bureau of Indian Affairs said Wednesday most of the fire is out, but not all of it.  It is under control, but a few hot spots remain. Crews are on hand to make sure wind doesn't re-start it.

Bureau of Indian Affairs Supervisor Darlene Whitetree says they know it is an arson fire since it was started in four places. No arrests have been made and Whitetree says there are no leads.

In the worst of the fire, it threatened homes along Lambert Branch Road.  Mary Ann Rich says the fire came very close to her sister's house.  She says the situation was scary.

β€œI mean because there's nothing you can do against fire. If it gets on your house it's going to take it with it,” said Rich.

Cherokee firefighters protected several homes and crews with the Bureau of Indian Affairs and National Park worked to contain the forest fire.

Whitetree and Rich would both like to see an arrest made soon.

β€œIt gets to you after a while wondering who would be so reckless and not caring,” said Rich.

By Rex Hodge
Follow Rex on Twitter @RexHodgeWLOSCherokee Arson Investigation

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