A couple from California whose gender reveal party turned into a massive wildfire disaster in 2020 have now been charged for involuntary manslaughter and a number of other felony counts.
The shocking incident killed a firefighter while burning down more than 22,000 acres of land.
Local media reports identified the couple as Refugio Manuel Jimenez Jr and his wife Angela Renee Jimenez. Both members pleaded not guilty for their act on Monday regarding the famous El Dorado fire which tragically took away the life of a firefighter named Charles Morton.
The horrifying El Dorado fire first erupted on the 5th of September when the couple as well as their young children got carried away in planning a gender reveal party for their upcoming family member. The event’s setting was the famous El Dorado Ranch Park which is located in Yucaipa.
Investigations into the tragic case revealed how a smoke generating object which revolved around the mechanics of pyro technology had been off across a field that immediately ignited a dry area of grass during a blazing hot day.
Moreover, the couple scrambled upon the sight of fire and immediately began to throw bottled water towards the massive flames which soon started getting out of control. Authorities then revealed how the couple resorted to calling 911 for help.
Strong winds caused the fire to increase in intensity as it swept across the wilderness upon national forest land, located around 75 miles east of the city of Los Angeles. Soon, the blaze managed to blacken about 36 square miles of the land seen in San Bernardino as well as a number of Riverside counties.
The shocking wildfire was finally extinguished by firefighting crews on the 16th of November. But the amount of destruction it did to wildlife was beyond comprehensible to so many.
The charge brought against the couple includes involuntary manslaughter, alongside three other felony counts for recklessly beginning fire and causing bodily injury. While the couple is currently out on bail, they will return for their pending court appearance which is scheduled for the 15th of September.