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Tennessee Wildfire Insurance Claims Top $842 Million

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Tennessee state officials say insurance claims have topped $842 million in the deadly wildfires that burned thousands of buildings in the eastern part of the state.

The Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance says as of January 6, the Gatlinburg-area wildfires resulted in more than 3,900 claims and more than $842 million in residential and commercial property losses.

The department provided numbers to the Knoxville News Sentinel not including damages to uninsured structures.

On November 28, gale-force winds spread wildfires to the Gatlinburg area, killing 14 people.

Federal Emergency Management Agency spokesman Michael Peacock says FEMA has approved $2.5 million in wildfire-related grants as of Tuesday.

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