Redding family of four escapes uninjured after early morning residential blaze

REDDING, Calif. — Authorities say a family of four, including a mother, father, child, and grandmother, managed to escape their burning home after an early-morning blaze in Redding Tuesday, Nov. 30.

The fire, which caused about $65,000 in damage to the residence, was believed to have been caused by a carelessly discarded cigarette, according to fire officials.


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City of Redding Fire Department and other emergency personnel were dispatched to a private residence in the 2100 block of Waldon Street, southeast of Railroad Avenue and South Street, just after 4 a.m. after receiving a 911 call reporting the fire, Redding Assistant Fire Marshal Ryan Masterson has since reported.

When firefighters arrived they confirmed finding the home on fire and soon updated that the flames had spread into the home’s attic.

Fire crews spent about 20 minutes bringing the fire under control and managed to keep the fire from spreading further, according to Masterson; who later said the fire began outside the home and was caused by a cigarette that was “not disposed of properly.”

Masterson also said the family was alerted to the fire after a young child woke up, at which time the father realized that a fire was burning on the home’s back porch.

No injuries were reported as a result of the fire.

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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.