San Jacinto house blaze leaves family displaced, firefighter burned

SAN JACINTO, Calif., — Authorities today are continuing to investigate the cause of a residential structure fire that destroyed a San Jacinto home, leaving a family of six displaced early Tuesday morning, Oct. 26.

The early morning blaze that tore through the home and left a firefighter hospitalized with minor burn injuries, happened in the 2000 block of Tennyson Street, northeast of Hewitt Street and E. Washington Avenue, according to officials.


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Cal Fire-Riverside and other emergency personnel were alerted to the blaze shortly before 2 a.m. after receiving reports of an active fire burning inside a home.

Responding firefighters reported finding a two-story residential structure burning, with heavy smoke and flames showing from the rear of the home. The blaze was also threatening other nearby homes and structures.

A family of six, including three children and three adults, were displaced by a fire that also left a firefighter hospitalized with minor burn injuries. John Strangis/EN Media photos

Although firefighters initiated a heavy fire attack on the blaze, the fire rapidly spread throughout the inside of the home and burst through the roof.

Firefighters contained the blaze shortly before 4 a.m. and remained on scene for extensive overhaul and mop up operations and remained on scene for several more hours.

Three minors and three adults were displaced by the fire and Red Cross officials were summoned to the scene to help those displaced by the blaze.

The cause of the fire is unknown at this time and remains under investigation.

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Trevor Montgomery, 50, moved in 2017 to the Intermountain area of Shasta County from Riverside County and runs Riverside County News Source (RCNS) and Shasta County News Source (SCNS).

Additionally, he writes or has written for several other news organizations; including Riverside County-based newspapers Valley News, Valley Chronicle, Anza Valley Outlook, and Hemet & San Jacinto Chronicle; the Bonsall/Fallbrook Village News in San Diego County; and Mountain Echo in Shasta County. He is also a regular contributor to Thin Blue Line TV and Law Enforcement News Network and has had his stories featured on news stations throughout the Southern California and North State regions.

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 30 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 18 grandchildren.