Gatlinburg Fire Victims File Class Action Suit

A federal lawsuit filed Thursday, May 24th seeks millions of dollars in damages from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park for failing to contain the fire, which burned for five days before it left the park boundaries, and failing to warn the residents in its path in time.

The class action suit lists Michael Reed and James England as the lead plaintiffs and has the option for others to join the suit. According to the Knoxville News Sentinel, damages sought include more than $15 million for Reed and $1.3 million for England. Attorney Sidney Gilreath said he expects the amount and number of claimants to rise significantly.