Five displaced after blaze tears through Perris property – Two mobile homes, three vehicles, RV destroyed

PERRIS, Calif., — Four adults and a child were left without a home after a fast-moving fire ripped through a rural residential property, destroying two mobile homes, an RV, and multiple vehicles Thursday evening, March 3.

Although multiple explosions were heard while firefighters battled the blaze no injuries were reported as a result of the fire, which happened in the 21000 block of Garza Road, in an unincorporated area northwest of Perris, according to officials.


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Cal Fire – Riverside, Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, and other emergency personnel were dispatched to the property just after 10 p.m. after receiving multiple reports of an active structure fire, Cal Fire has since reported.

Subsequent 911 callers reported hearing multiple explosions emanating from the burning property, leading to AMR being summoned to the scene to assist.

Firefighters spent around three hours battling a blaze that destroyed two mobile homes, an RV, and three vehicles near Perris Friday evening. Johnny Lopez – Lone Wolf News and Media / OnScene TV photo

Arriving firefighters updated finding multiple mobile homes, vehicles, and an RV fully engulfed in flames, with threat to several outbuildings, debris piles, and area vegetation.

Firefighters spent the next three hours knocking down the fire, at which time they determined that the blaze had destroyed two mobile homes, an RV, and at least three passenger vehicles.

Five residents were displaced by the fire; however, Red Cross was not summoned due to the victims having family members they were able to temporarily stay with.

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Crews remained at the scene for at least four more hours for overhaul and mop-up operations while fire prevention officers looked into the cause of the blaze, which remains under investigation.

Johnny Lopez – Lone Wolf News and Media / OnScene TV photos above, video below.

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Trevor Montgomery, 51, moved in 2017 to the Intermountain area of Shasta County from Riverside County and operates Riverside County News Source (RCNS) and Shasta County News Source (SCNS), which act as stringer-news providers for other mainstream media organizations throughout the two regions they serve.

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.