Gatlinburg wildfires death toll climbs to 14; officials estimate 1,684 structures damaged or destroyed

Smoke from wildfires fill the air around Gatlinburg, Tenn., on Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016. Rain had begun to fall in some areas, but experts predicted it would not be enough to end the relentless drought that has spread across several Southern states and provided fuel for fires now burning for weeks in states including Tennessee, Georgia and North Carolina. (Michael Patrick/Knoxville News Sentinel via AP)

The death toll in the historic Gatlinburg fires has risen to 14, National Park Service spokeswoman Dana Soehn confirmed Sunday.

Elaine Brown, 81, of Sevierville, "sustained a medical event causing a multi-motor vehicle accident" on Wears Valley Road in Pigeon Forge while fleeing fires whipped up by 80 mph winds, Soehn said.

Officials now estimate 1,684 structures have been damaged or destroyed by the fires, and 134 people sustained injuries.

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