Firefighters make quick work knocking down home blaze near Redding Airport

REDDING, Calif., — Firefighters made quick work knocking down a blaze that destroyed a Redding home and damaged several vehicles Thursday afternoon, March 10.

No injuries were reported as a result of the fire, which happened at 20230 Sylvia Lane, located just northwest of the Redding Airport, near Heidi Way and Kisling Road.


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As covered in an SCNS Live Fire Incident Log yesterday, (which can be viewed below), CAL FIRE Shasta-Trinity Unit and other emergency personnel were dispatched to the location around 3:30 p.m. after receiving reports of an active fire burning at a private residence.

A home was destroyed and several vehicles were damaged by a swift-moving fire that tore through a Redding home yesterday afternoon. Action News Now photos

Responding from directly across Airport Road and less than a quarter-mile away, firefighters began arriving within two minutes of being dispatched and reported finding a fully involved structure fire, with multiple exposures and immediate threat to power lines and surrounding vegetation.

Due to the circumstances, multiple additional resources, including two water tenders, a Breathing Support Unit, Fire Prevention, and PG&E were requested to the scene, as firefighters began an aggressive attack on the blaze.

In all, around 50 firefighters and other resources responded to the call, according to reports.

Firefighters updated they had brought the fire under control just after 4 p.m. and reported that resources would remain at the scene with a three-hour commitment for overhaul and mop-up operations.

Although heavy smoke filled the air during the fire suppression efforts, no flights from the nearby Redding Airport were affected.

No firefighters or citizens were injured as a result of the blaze and the cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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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.