Officials investigating suspected arson blaze at Beaumont home

BEAUMONT — Arson investigators are looking into a “suspicious” residential structure fire that erupted at a Beaumont home Friday morning, April 12. The blaze, which destroyed the home, happened in the 35000 block of Stockton St., in the Fairway Canyon area.


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Beaumont Police and Cal Fire/Riverside County Fire Departments were first alerted to the fire around 9:47 a.m., Beaumont PD officials later reported in a social media release. About two dozen firefighters from six engine companies and a ladder company were among other emergency personnel dispatched to the scene, according to officials.

When firefighters arrived, they found a two-story home fully engulfed in fire, with flames pouring from the home and thick black smoke billowing into the sky. Although firefighters managed to knock the fire down in just under an hour, the home was heavily damaged by the intense heat and heavy smoke caused by the blaze.

Once firefighters extinguished the fire they began investigating its cause, at which time they found “multiple possible ignition points” inside the house and determined the blaze had possibly been intentionally set.

“The circumstances surrounding the cause of the fire were determined to be suspicious and the case was handed over to CalFire Arson Investigators,” Beaumont Police Department said after the fire. 

It was not immediately known if anyone lived inside the residence, but there were no reported injuries related to the blaze.

Anyone with information about this investigation is encouraged to contact Investigator McGrananan at CalFire Investigation Bureau at (951) 943-4970. Information can also be reported to Beaumont Police Department at (951) 769-8500 or anonymously at

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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. (Click here to see segment of Discovery Channel documentary of Trevor’s 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 28 years and was a foster parent to more than 60 children over 13 years. He is now an adoptive parent and his “fluid family” includes 13 children and 15 – but soon to be 16 – grandchildren.

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