“Ex-Fire Chief: Lack of Notice From Park Was Most Critical Failure in 2016 Wildfires,” WATE
April 06, 2020
An ex-Gatlinburg fire chief cites a lack of early notice from Great Smoky Mountains National Park as the most critical failure in the devastating 2016 wildfires.
That’s according to a declaration included with new filings over whether a lawsuit against the park should be thrown out. One of the plaintiffs is Michael Reed, who lost his wife and daughters in the fire.
Cohen Milstein’s Theodore J. Leopoldis representing plaintiffs against the United States of America for National Park Service (NPS) employees neglecting to perform their duties during The Chimney Tops 2 Fire in Tennessee, which originated in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and damaged and destroyed 2,500 homes, buildings and other structures, along with their contents, and ultimately resulting in 16 deaths.