A firefighter has died battling a blaze that began after a stunt to reveal the gender of a baby went awry. The San Bernadino National Forest Service announced the death on Friday. The El Dorado Fire has burned more than 21,000 acres as of Friday morning, the forest service reported.
“Our deepest sympathies are with the family, friends and fellow firefighters during this time,” USFS wrote. “The cause is under investigation. More details will be made available as they are confirmed.”
The El Dorado Fire began Sept. 5 after a “smoke generating-generating device” used as part of a “gender reveal” set nearby dry grass on fire. The family unsuccessfully tried to put the flames. No one has been charged as of Friday afternoon.Officials haven’t said where the firefighter was found.
The fire has destroyed at least four homes and 26,000 others are still in jeopardy, CBS reports.
As news of the firefighter’s death made it online, social media began to press for charges in the case.
The family responsible could face manslaughter charges in the death of the firefighter, Fox reports. They could also have to pay for damages and the cost of fighting the fire.
This isn’t the first time a gender reveal celebration lead to wildfire. In 2017, a similar incident spark a 47,000 acre fire in Arizona. The man responsible plead guilty. He received five years probation and was ordered to pay $8,188,069 in restitution, starting with an initial payment of $100,000 and monthly payments thereafter, CNN reported.