Elyria High School football coach dies in Elyria apartment fire

Published: Oct. 12, 2021 at 9:07 AM EDT|Updated: Oct. 13, 2021 at 12:09 PM EDT
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ELYRIA, Ohio (WOIO) - De’van Bogard, a 27-year-old assistant high school football coach from Elyria, was killed in an apartment fire early Tuesday morning.

De'van Bogard was killed in an apartment fire on Oct. 12, 2021.
De'van Bogard was killed in an apartment fire on Oct. 12, 2021.

Elyria firefighters were called out to the 200 block of Washington Avenue around 2:25 a.m.

According to firefighters, the fire began in the third-floor apartment where Bogard was found.

A couple living next door was brought to safety by firefighters.

Firefighters added the cause of the blaze remains under investigation, but it appears to be accidental.

Bogard played high school football at Glenville High in Cleveland and was a member of the 2014 Ohio State National Championship team.

Elyria Schools released the following statement regarding coach Bogard’s death:

De’van Bogard was an assistant coach with the Elyria Pioneer Football program. Our student-athletes and coaching staff are grieving his loss. The team is very connected. De’van was a valued member of the coaching staff. He held a pivotal role on the team and in the development of the players as students and athletes. The students received this news in a very supportive environment today at school. Counselors and grief specialists were on hand for the staff and students and will be available throughout the week at school. As a district, we offer our deepest sympathies to De’van’s family and friends.

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