San Bernardino County: Couple pleads guilty for role in deadly El Dorado Fire gender reveal disaster

  • Source: KTLA-TV CW 5 Los Angeles
  • Published: 02/11/2024 09:58 PM

A couple was sentenced Friday after they accepted a plea deal taking responsibility for the deadly El Dorado Fire that was sparked by a gender reveal gone wrong, according to prosecutors. Refugio Jimenez Jr. and Angelina Jimenez each pleaded guilty to several charges in San Bernardino County, including three felonies for Refugio. He pleaded guilty to charges of involuntary manslaughter and two counts of recklessly causing a fire to an inhabited structure, while Angelina pleaded guilty to three misdemeanors. The charges were in connection to the deadly 2020 fire that began at El Dorado Ranch Park in Yucaipa. The massive fire ignited after a mishap with a smoke-generating pyrotechnic device at a gender reveal party held during scorching hot temperatures, according to Cal Fire.


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