MEAD VALLEY: Two displaced by blaze that destroyed home

MEAD VALLEY — A home was destroyed and two people were displaced by a fast moving blaze that swept through a manufactured home, late Tuesday evening, Dec. 26. The destructive fire happened on the 21000 block of Oleander Ave, between Brown and Haines Streets, in Mead Valley.

Firefighters battle a blaze that destroyed a Mead Valley home and displaced two adults. Loudlabs News photo

The fire was reported to emergency dispatchers just before 11 p.m., by multiple 911 callers reporting smoke and flames pouring from the structure.

Twenty-one firefighters from five engine companies and one truck company responded to the residential blaze, Cal Fire/Riverside County Fire Public Information Officer April Newman explained after the fire. They were assisted by a breathing support unit.

When firefighters arrived at the home, which is located directly across the street from Mead Valley Elementary School, they reported finding the home fully engulfed in fire.

Firefighters made a quick and aggressive fire attack and although they had the fire knocked down within 30 minutes, the home was still considered a total loss.

The homeowners managed to escape the burning home without injury, but were displaced by the fire. Officials requested American Red Cross respond to the scene to assist the couple with temporary lodging.

Southern California Edison personnel were summoned to the scene to shut off utilities to the destroyed residence.

The cause of the fire has yet to be determined and is under investigation.

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Trevor Montgomery, who recently moved from Riverside County to Shasta County, runs Riverside County News Source and Shasta County News Source. Additionally, he writes for Riverside County based newspapers Valley News, The Valley Chronicle and Anza Valley Outlook as well as Bonsall/Fallbrook Village News in San Diego 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.

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 27 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 14 grandchildren.