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Man loses everything in Apple Valley parking lot trailer fire

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Small trailer fully engulfed in front of the Bed Bath & Beyond in Apple Valley. (Photo by Jennifer Simpson)

APPLE VALLEY, Calif. (VVNG.com) Roman Mendoza, 33, lost nearly everything he owns after his travel trailer caught fire in a busy shopping center Saturday afternoon.

At about 3:25 p.m. Mendoza was driving down Bear Valley Road when he was alerted to smoke from his vehicle, thanks to a honk from a passing motorist.

“I noticed very small flames from the bottom of the trailer in the corner, and I pulled over as quickly as possible,” he said.

Mendoza pulled his truck and trailer into the Bed Bad & Beyond parking lot at 18815 Bear Valley Road in Apple Valley.

Using a gallon of water that he carried, Mendoza was able to extinguish the small fire and checked the trailer for flames and found nothing, he stated.

As Mendoza grabbed a fire extinguisher from his truck, he encountered more flames, this time coming on the inside of the trailer.

Although he desperately tried putting out the fire, his attempt was quickly over taken by the massive flames. Mendoza managed to unhitch his truck and just watched as his trailer containing much of his personal belongings burned to the ground.

Firefighters worked hard to knock down the fire. However, the trailer and everything inside was destroyed.

“It was my home, I did lose a lot of my necessities, but I will be ok. It’s not gonna hold me back from anything,” Mendoza said.

Mendoza works part-time as a karaoke host at Gator’s 2 in Victorville said he lost all of his clothes in the fire.

“It hurts to lose all you work hard for and a few sentimental irreplaceable things. But this doesn’t discourage me,” he said.

Mendoza will continue to work towards building his goals and hope’s to find somehow a way to replace the trailer he lost.

Although Mendoza believes the fire was electrical, the cause of the fire remains under investigation by the Apple Valley Fire Protection District.

For those who are interested in helping Mendoza, donations can be taken to the Gators 2 in Victorville located at 12249 Hesperia Road in the Von’s shopping center.

Mendoza's trailer is a complete loss following a fire in the Bed Bath & Beyond parking lot. (Photo by Rogelio Jorge Morfin Jr.)

Mendoza’s trailer is a complete loss following a fire in the Bed Bath & Beyond parking lot. (Photo by Rogelio Jorge Morfin Jr.)

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Woman airlifted from crash on Sheep Creek and El Mirage Roads Saturday night

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Traffic Accident on El Mirage and Sheep Creek Road
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ADELANTO, Calif. (VVNG.com) — Several people were injured in a T-bone crash at the intersection of Sheep Creek near El Mirage Roads Saturday night.

According to the California Highway Patrol incident logs, the traffic accident was reported at about 9:30 PM on August 8th and involved a silver Chevy Tahoe and a silver Ford F-150.

San Bernardino County Firefighters responded and located the Tahoe with major damage to the passenger side and used extrication tools to remove a young child. A female adult sitting in the front passenger was critically injured and a helicopter was requested to airlift her to a trauma center.

A CHP helicopter H-80 landed in the roadway and subsequently flew the injured woman to Loma Linda University Medical Center.

Jessica Christopherson was on her way home from work when she drove up to the accident and heard children inside the SUV screaming and pulled over to call 911. Jessica said the little girl’s leg was pinned but when firefighters removed her from the vehicle she only had some scrapes.

According to Jessica, the dad in the Tahoe was okay and another little girl was shaken up and all three were taken by ground ambulance to LLUMC. The driver of the pickup truck sustained a gash to the back of his head.

Jessica told VVNG she’s almost been involved in several accidents on El Mirage Road due to people speeding and would like to see at least a 3-way stop sign instead of just one.

The California Highway Patrol Victorville Station is handling the investigation into the cause of the crash.

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Man found dead at High Desert Inn Motel in Hesperia

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HESPERIA, Calif. (VVNG.com) — Police said no foul play was suspected after a man was found dead at the High Desert Inn.

On Thursday, August 6, 2020, at approximately 1:02 a.m., deputies responded to High Desert Inn, located at 14320 Main Street, in reference to a medical aid call.

Sheriff’s spokeswoman Taylor Reynolds said A 59-year-old male was found unresponsive at the incident location. “Deputies did not discover any signs of foul play,” stated Reynolds.

The spokeswoman said the investigation is being handled by the Coroner’s Division and had no other information available for release.

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At least 3 killed, 3 airlifted in 15 freeway crash near Baker

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BAKER, Calif. (VVNG.com) – At least three people have been confirmed killed, and three others were airlifted from a crash that shut down a stretch of 15 freeway Saturday evening.

It happened just after 7 p.m. on the northbound I-15 near Baker after an SUV crashed into the back of a semi truck and caught fire.

When firefighters arrived on scene they located the vehicle fully involved in fire with an unknown amount occupants still trapped inside.

Scanner traffic indicated that the fire quickly spread from the SUV to the semi truck, which was described as a 53-foot general cargo truck loaded with clothing.

Scanner traffic also indicated that three helicopters landed on the freeway to transport a 15-year-old, a child, and the child’s mother to Las Vegas University Medical Center.

In all, 1 person sustained critical injuries, 3 others sustained moderate injuries, and at least 3 people were pronounced deceased onscene with a possible fourth person still in the wreckage, scanner traffic reported.

Firefighters had a knock-down of the fire at about 9:45 p.m.

The identification of the deceased is not expected to be released until next-of-kin has been notified.

Officers from the CHP Barstow Station are handling the investigation into the cause of the accident.

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