Woman hospitalized after blaze rips through Hemet home
HEMET — A Hemet woman was reportedly hospitalized after flames ripped through her mobile home this morning, Tuesday, Dec. 24. The blaze, which erupted at the Desert Sky RV Park at 1190 N. Palm Ave., destroyed the residence, leaving it uninhabitable.
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About two dozen City of Hemet firefighters from four engine companies and a truck company, along with a paramedic squad, other fire officials, and AMR medics, were dispatched to the RV park around 7:45 a.m., after receiving reports of a residential structure fire.
Firefighters made quick work extinguishing a blaze that consumed a mobile home earlier this morning. One woman was displaced by the fire, according to witnesses.
The first arriving engine company reported finding a single-wide mobile home that was fully engulfed in flames. Firefighters immediately began setting up for an aggressive attack on the blaze, which was threatening other nearby homes, vehicles and structures.
Firefighters reportedly had the blaze under control within minutes and quickly confirmed the sole-occupant from the home had made it out of the residence prior to their arrival. The woman was treated at the scene before being transported to Hemet Valley Hospital for further treatment of unspecified injuries. Her condition at the time of this report was unknown.
Officials say the home was considered a total loss and their investigation into how the blaze started is active and ongoing.
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Trevor Montgomery, 48, moved in 2017 to the Intermountain area of Shasta County from Riverside County and runs Riverside County News Source and Shasta County News Source. Additionally, he writes or has written for several other news organizations; including Riverside County based newspapers, Valley News, (the now defunct) Valley Chronicle, Anza Valley Outlook, and Hemet & San Jacinto Chronicle; 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 29 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 16 grandchildren.