10 displaced after fire rips through San Jacinto apartment complex

SAN JACINTO — Ten people were displaced after a blaze damaged two vehicles and ripped through a San Jacinto carport, before spreading to an apartment complex, Wednesday evening, Aug 28.

Although nearly a dozen people and their pets were displaced by yesterday’s residential structure fire, which happened on the 200 block of E. 6th St. near S. Jordan Ave., no injuries related to the fire were reported.

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Nearly two dozen Cal Fire/Riverside County, City of Hemet, and Soboba firefighters were dispatched to the fire around 5:41 p.m., Cal Fire officials reported after the blaze. They were assisted by a Breathing Support Unit and a Paramedic Squad.

Firefighters from multiple agencies spent about thirty minutes knocking down a blaze that ripped through a San Jacinto carport and apartment complex yesterday afternoon. Kristi Rasmussen/Hemet Valley Incidents photo

When officials arrived they reported finding a fully engulfed carport with two cars burning and fire spreading to a two story apartment complex. Firefighters also reported the blaze was endangering several other nearby structures and they began an immediate and aggressive attack on the fire.

Firefighters spent about thirty minutes knocking down the fire, which they reported had been contained around 6:17 p.m.

After the blaze was brought under control, American Red Cross officials were called in to assist those affected by the fire.

Cal Fire is investigating the cause of the fire and their investigation is ongoing.

Two cars and an apartment complex were heavily damaged after a fire erupted in a San Jacinto carport yesterday. Jenny Wilson/Hemet Valley Incidents photo



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Trevor Montgomery, 48, 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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