HOMELAND: Two displaced after second fire on same rural road within 3 weeks
HOMELAND: Officials are investigating a second mobile home fire that destroyed a residence and left two adults homeless, early Wednesday morning, Jan. 24.
Wednesday’s blaze, which destroyed a double-wide mobile home and caused an estimated $50,000 in damage, was the second fire to happen on the same street within the last three weeks. Both fires happened on the 32000 block of Falcon View Lane, along a windy, dirt road just north of Seaview Drive and east of Juniper Flats Road, in the unincorporated community of Homeland.
The first fire happened Jan 3, – also a Wednesday – and destroyed a single-wide mobile home.
Cal Fire/Riverside County firefighters and other emergency first responders were dispatched to the home shortly after 3:30 a.m., after receiving reports of the blaze.
Seventeen firefighters from five engine companies responded to the residential fire in the rural hills north of Highway 74, Cal Fire/Riverside County Fire spokesperson April Newman explained in an incident report. They were assisted by a water tender.
“The first arriving engine company reported a double wide mobile home well involved in fire,” said Newman, who reported that firefighters had the fire knocked down just before 3:45 a.m.
Two adults were displaced by the destructive fire, which was contained to the mobile home.
It was not known if arson is suspected in either of the two fires, which are both still under investigation.
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Trevor spent 10 years in the U.S. Army as an Orthopedic Specialist before joining the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department in 1998. He was medically retired after losing his leg, breaking his back and suffering both spinal cord and brain injuries in an off-duty accident.
During his time with the sheriff’s department, Trevor worked at several different stations, including Robert Presley Detention Center, Southwest Station in Temecula, Hemet/Valle Vista Station, Ben Clark Public Safety Training Center and Lake Elsinore Station, along with other locations.
Trevor’s assignments included Corrections, Patrol, DUI Enforcement, Boat and Personal Water-Craft based Lake Patrol, Off-Road Vehicle Enforcement, Problem Oriented Policing Team and Personnel/Background Investigations. He finished his career while working as a Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Investigator and was a court-designated expert in child abuse and child sex-related crimes.
Trevor has been married for more than 27 years and was a foster parent to more than 60 children over 13 years. He is now an adoptive parent and has 13 children and 14 grandchildren.