HESPERIA: Two elderly victims die in Christmas eve residential blaze

HESPERIA – Two people died in an early-morning residential house fire on Christmas eve, Saturday, Dec. 24. The deadly blaze happened in the 11100 block of Redwood Avenue near Appleton Road in Hesperia.

Cal Fire/San Bernardino County firefighters and deputies from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Hesperia station responded to reports of the house fire at 2:58 a.m.

When emergency first responders arrived they found the back of the single-family residence fully engulfed in flames, according to the San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner’s office.

The fire department forced entry into the residence and located Guadalupe Palomo, 74, and Lazaro Palomo Hernandez, 73. Both were found unresponsive in a bedroom.

Both victims were transported to Desert Valley Hospital where they succumbed to their injuries and were pronounced dead by hospital staff.

San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Bomb-Arson Detectives responded to the location to investigate the incident.

Anyone with information about the deadly blaze should contact officials at the Hesperia Sheriff’s station at (760) 947-1500. Callers can remain anonymous.



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Trevor Montgomery 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 in an off-duty accident.

During his time with the sheriff’s department, Trevor worked at several different stations, including the Robert Presley Detention Center, the Southwest Station in Temecula, the Hemet Station, and the Lake Elsinore Station, along with many 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, Personnel and Background Investigations and he finished his career while working as a Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Investigator.

Trevor has been married for more than 26 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 12 – soon to be 13 – grandchildren.