Christmas eve kitchen fire displaces two

VALLE VISTA — A Valle Vista resident was hospitalized with minor injuries after a kitchen fire broke out at a home east of Hemet, Christmas eve, Dec. 24. Monday night’s fire happened in the area of Chicago and Olive avenues and displaced two adults and a dog.


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Four Cal Fire/Riverside County engine companies were dispatched to the residence about 8:16 p.m., after receiving reports of a possible residential structure fire. 911 callers reported seeing heavy smoke billowing from the home.

When the first engine company arrived at the scene they reported finding a single-family residence with smoke showing. Officials requested additional assistance from Hemet Fire Department, and another engine company was soon dispatched to the location.

Firefighters’ efforts contained the fire to the kitchen area of the home; however, a couple and their dog were displaced due to heavy smoke damage throughout the residence.

Paramedics evaluated and treated the two residents, one of whom sustained minor injuries and was transported by ground ambulance to Hemet Valley Hospital for further treatment.

Southern California Edison and SoCal Gas later responded to shut off utilities to the home, and Red Cross members responded to the scene to assist the residents and their dog with temporary housing while their home is repaired.

No firefighters or other citizens were injured during the fire.

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Trevor Montgomery, 47, moved last year to the Intermountain area of Shasta County from Riverside County and runs Riverside County News Source and Shasta County News Source. Additionally, he writes for several other news organizations; including Riverside County based newspapers, Valley News, The Valley Chronicle, and Anza Valley Outlook; as well as Bonsall/Fallbrook Village News in San Diego County and Mountain Echo in Shasta County.

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. (Click here to see segment of Discovery Channel documentary of Trevor’s 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 28 years and was a foster parent to more than 60 children over 13 years. He is now an adoptive parent and his “fluid family” includes 13 children and 15 – but soon to be 16 – grandchildren.

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