HOMELAND: Mobile home destroyed by early morning blaze
HOMELAND — A mobile home was destroyed by a fast moving fire that swept through it, early Thursday morning, Feb. 1. According to officials, the blaze erupted at a residence on the 25000 block of Clemente Street, west of Juniper Flats Road, in Homeland.
Fire and sheriff personnel along with other emergency first responders were dispatched to the home shortly after 1 a.m., after receiving reports of the residential structure fire.
Twenty-three firefighters from five engine companies and one truck company responded to the blaze, Cal Fire/Riverside County Fire spokesperson April Newman explained in an incident report. They were assisted by a Breathing Support Unit and Paramedic Squad.
“The first arriving engine company reported a double wide mobile home fully involved in fire,” said Newman. Firefighters spent about one hour knocking down the blaze.
It was not immediately known if the home was being lived in or was unoccupied when the fire broke out and fire resources remained on scene for about three hours conducting extensive overhaul operations, according to Newman.
After firefighters extinguished the blaze, Southern California Edison and Southern California Gas Company employees were summoned to the scene to shut off utilities to the destroyed residence.
The residence was a total loss and officials later estimated the blaze caused about $75,000 in damage, according to Newman.
The cause of the fire is 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.