SAN JACINTO: More than 30 firefighters battle residential blaze

SAN JACINTO – Firefighters from Riverside County, City of Hemet, and Soboba Fire Departments spent about 40 minutes knocking down a residential fire in the 1000 block of Alexandra Drive in San Jacinto Friday, Dec. 30.

The fire was reported as an unusual odor and smoke billowing from a chimney about 9:46 p.m.

The first arriving engine company confirmed a two-story, single family dwelling with smoke coming from the chimney. Firefighters quickly confirmed a fire inside the walls of the residence.

Thirty-three firefighters from nine engine companies responded to the fire, according to Cal Fire/Riverside County Fire Public Information Officer April Newman. They were assisted by a Breathing Support Unit.

Southern California Edison personnel were summoned to the scene to shut off utilities to the residence, while fire personnel battled the fire.

Deputies from the Riverside County Sheriff’s San Jacinto Police station responded to the neighborhood to assist with crowd and traffic control.

The fire was contained about 10:23 p.m., according to Newman. Fire personnel reported the fire caused damage along the wall by the chimney on the first and second floors of the residence.

There were no injuries or displacements caused by the fire, which caused an estimated $50,000 in damage, according to Newman.

Fire resources remained on scene for about two hours conducting overhaul and mop up operations.


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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.