CORONA: Severely burned woman dies after blaze at senior living facility

CORONA — A woman who was severely burned inside her apartment at a senior living facility Saturday morning later died after she was taken to an area burn center. The deadly fire erupted in the victim’s second-floor apartment at the River Run Senior Apartments on the 800 block River Road in Corona.

Although there were no other victims injured in the fire, five other apartments were damaged from the building’s fire suppression sprinklers, Corona Fire Battalion Chief Robert Peterson explained in an incident report after the deadly fire.

Corona Fire and Police Departments along with other emergency first responders were dispatched to the facility shortly before 11:50 a.m., after receiving a fire alarm activation from the location. When they arrived, firefighters found a fire burning inside the victim’s apartment.

“During fire suppression efforts, firefighters found a 65-year-old female who had suffered severe burn injuries from the fire,” said Peterson. “Paramedics treated the injured woman and transported her to a local burn center.”

Despite life-saving measures, the victim succumbed to her injuries and she was pronounced deceased at the hospital.

The victim’s name has not been released pending notification of her family and the cause of the fire is still 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.