Video captures dramatic moment that caused Sawmill Fire

28 November, 2018, 11:35 | Author: Emmett Rice
  • Dennis Dickey started a $8.2 million fire at a gender reveal party

Newly released video shows the moment an off duty border agent in Arizona started a huge wildfire as part of a gender reveal celebration for his unborn baby.

A shocking video, obtained by the Arizona Daily Star, shows the very moment that the deadly Sawmill Fire got started.

Last month Dennis Dickey, from Arizona, pleaded guilty to igniting the fire which caused over $11.3 million in damage in April past year during a gender reveal stunt.

Dennis Dickey, 37, of Tucson, Arizona, immediately reported the fire - which became known as the Sawmill Fire - and admitted to starting it, the Department of Justice said in a statement.

"It was a complete accident", Dickey told a judge on Friday.

Dennis Dickey started a $8.2 million fire at a gender reveal party
Dennis Dickey started a $8.2 million fire at a gender reveal party

According to KGUN, the Dickeys haven't said if the child was a boy or a girl.

Dickey, who is expected to keep his job as a Border Patrol agent, will borrow from his retirement fund to help pay for the restitution. "It was probably one of the worst days of my life".

"Start packing up", a man yells in the video as the fire grows.

Land management agencies have seen wildfires spark from lightning, abandoned campfires, chain saws, a horse's hoof clipping a rock, tow chains dragging along the road, cigarette butts and welding outside on a windy day.

Let this be a lesson: End gender reveal parties. He agreed to a sentence of five years of probation and will make a public service announcement with the Forest Service about the cause of the blaze. Well, the US Forest Service has now released footage from the scene. Then there's a very big explosion and, nearly immediately, a fire starts to ripple through the dried grass.

More news: Border Patrol Arrests 42 Migrants While Mexico Deports Others

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