Kids playing with matches spark Johnson Park fire

JOHNSON PARK — Authorities say unattended children playing with matches sparked a small fire in Johnson Park that led to a large emergency response Monday afternoon, March 30. No injuries were reported and no property was damaged as a result of the fire, which led to the children’s parents being contacted.


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Several area fire companies, along with law enforcement and paramedic personnel, were dispatched to a home on the 21000 block of S. Cottonwood St. shortly before 3:30 p.m., after receiving reports of a residential structure fire.

Firefighters began arriving in the area within minutes and soon updated that the fire, which was put out prior to their arrival, was limited to a small area outside a residence and had not spread to any structures, outbuildings or vehicles.

As engine companies from throughout the Intermountain area were continuing to converge on the unincorporated community east of Burney, officials updated that the incident would handled by firefighters already at the scene and that all other resources could be released from the call.


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Officials spent about thirty minutes at the scene, during which the children’s parents were contacted at their home on the same street, just a short distance from where the fire happened.

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Trevor Montgomery, 48, moved in 2017 to the Intermountain area of Shasta County from Riverside County and runs Riverside County News Source and Shasta County News Source. Additionally, he writes or has written for several other news organizations; including Riverside County based newspapers, Valley News, (the now defunct) Valley Chronicle, Anza Valley Outlook, and Hemet & San Jacinto Chronicle; as well as Bonsall/Fallbrook Village News in San Diego County and Mountain Echo in Shasta 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. (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 29 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 16 grandchildren.