Friends Come Together for Support After Deadly Fire in Yakima
"I just watched them burn, I watched the building go down...It's like a nightmare we'll never wake up from," says Shelley Pettit, Bolton's ex-fiance'.
The Yakima Fire Department are calling the fire suspicous as they continue their investigation. They responded to the building on 4th Street and Pine around 3:00 a.m. Monday. Police officers, who were first on the scene, were able to resuce other people inside.
Josh Pettit, a friend, says he made it to the fire as fast as he could when he heard the news.
"I jumped out of my truck, I ran up to the apartment complex, [and said] where is Chris, where are they at? All you could hear is people screaming bloody murder, that is all you could hear," explained Josh.
Shelley says 25 year old Bolton and 29 year old Cheney would always help others. She remained best friends with Bolton after they decided not to get married.
"He was always loving and caring, he loved my children, he was like a father to my kids, and I know my kids will miss him," says Shelley
Cheeney leaves behind three children, who are in the care of her grandmother, and Bolton had one daughter.