Statement by Red River County Sheriff Jimmy Caldwell
On 10/13/2019 at approximately 1:35pm The Red River County Sheriff’s Office responded to a Private Road in the rule area of Johntown. The Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call advising a residential structure had exploded which possibly had three people inside.
It was believed that the explosion happened on 10/12/2019 at approximately 7:00pm and First Responders were notified when a family member went to check on a loved one that they were not able to get ahold of since the previous day. It is unknown at this time what the cause was for the explosion and the bodies of three individuals have been recovered. The names of the deceased are not being released at this time due to it still being an ongoing investigation.
Multiple Agencies assisted the Red River County Sheriff’s Office including the Bogata Fire Department, The Talco Fire Department, The Paris Fire Department, The Longview Fire Department, The Bogata Police Department, DPS, The State Fire Marshall’s, The Highway Department, and many more.
Sheriff Jimmy Caldwell would like to thank all of the different Agencies that responded and assisted with this tragic accident.