MORENO VALLEY: Firefighters battle stubborn fire at waste management facility
MORENO VALLEY — Firefighters spent several hours battling a blaze at a waste management facility that began Friday evening, Dec. 29. The fire broke out at the Moreno Valley Waste Management Transfer Station at 17700 Indian Street, south of Nandina Avenue and east of Indian Street, in Moreno Valley.
Cal Fire/Riverside County firefighters responded to the location just after 7 p.m., after receiving reports of a fire at the business.
When fire officials arrived, they found a working fire deep inside a large building with huge piles of paper and cardboard debris and trash waiting to be sorted and processed. Firefighters immediately began an aggressive attack on the fire, working to extinguish the blaze from both inside and outside the burning building.
Waste management employees at the scene of the fire used MVWM bulldozers to remove burning materials from the building to help firefighters to access the blaze.
Firefighters remained at the scene of the fire throughout the evening and into the next morning and a thick blanket of choking smoke covered most of the city, resulting in numerous 911 calls from citizens reporting possible fires.
Firefighters were still at the location as of noon, Saturday.
Firefighters at the scene advised firefighters were still working to determine the cause of the blaze, which is still under investigation.
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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.