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GATLINBURG, TN - NOVEMBER 29: Trevor Cates, walks through the smoldering remains of the fellowship hall of his church, the Banner Missionary Baptist Church as he inspects damage after a widfire November 29, 2016 in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. Thousands of people have been evacuated from the area and over 100 houses and businesses were damaged or destroyed. Drought conditions and high winds helped the fire spread through the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains.

GATLINBURG, Tenn. — Fires in Sevier County, Tennessee, have damaged or destroyed more than 700 buildings, officials said Wednesday. More than 400 buildings are in Sevier County and more than 300 are in the city limits of Gatlinburg.

Meanwhile, officials have recovered the bodies of three more people killed in the wildfires in Sevier County, Tennessee. A total of seven people have died, authorities said Wednesday.

Sevier County Mayor Larry Waters thanked “the big guy up above” for the rain Wednesday, which has helped firefighters.

Monitor FOX6 News and FOX6Now.com for updates on this developing story.

GATLINBURG, TN - NOVEMBER 30: Smoke fills the air and surrounds businesses and resorts in the wake of a wildfire November 30, 2016 in downtown Gatlinburg, Tennessee. Thousands of people have been evacuated from the area and over 100 houses and businesses were damaged or destroyed. Drought conditions and high winds helped the fire spread through the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images)

GATLINBURG, TN – NOVEMBER 30: Smoke fills the air and surrounds businesses and resorts in the wake of a wildfire November 30, 2016 in downtown Gatlinburg, Tennessee. Thousands of people have been evacuated from the area and over 100 houses and businesses were damaged or destroyed. Drought conditions and high winds helped the fire spread through the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images)