At approximately 13:50 on May 5th, 2017, the Red County Fire Department was dispatched to a reported structure fire at Blueberry Apartments. Red County Fire Department Chief Boden responded with Engine-11 while another crew responded on Engine-12, upon arrival the apartment complex had flames shooting out the doors of Apartment 7. With the assistance of San Andreas State Police Emergency Services Unit, the RCFD quickly gained control of the fire.
After most ESU members cleared and while investigating the fire, there was a reported smell of gas coming from the apartment and suddenly the apartment became engulfed in flames once again. Chief Boden quickly retreated and ran outside and met with ESU Firefighter Chris Diaz. The 2 man crew went back into offensive mode and started attacking the fire when the roof above came crashing down on both firefighters and pinning them. After ESU Firefighters Kyle Sanford and Anthony Caetano and Fire Captain Duncan Mcmillan heard the apartment relit, they quickly returned to the scene and found both Boden and Diaz trapped under 2 meters of rubble.
They quickly removed the rubble and the firefighters from the scene found out that Chief Boden was not conscious and was not breathing. Units on scene attempted CPR but Chief Boden succumbed to the injuries he sustained and was declared deceased at 15:03.
The Red County Fire Department Arson Task Force is investigating the fire and at this time are confirming it is suspicious in nature. RCFD ATF is looking for a White Male with long hair last seen wearing a gray shirt and black vest and driving a Blue Wayfarer. If you have any information related to the case, please contact the Fire Department Information line ((/call 911, Ask for Fire and click Assist Public)). You may be eligible for a reward up to $2,500 if your information is used to bring a suspect into custody.
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Lulu Woodard · Published May 11, 2017 · SAN Network