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Temecula Winery's Kitchen, Tasting Room Destroyed in Explosion

Fire crews report a propane tank exploded at the winery. However, the winery is still in service.

Mount Palomar Winery is located on Rancho California Road, about 5 miles east of I-15.  Courtesy: Google Maps.
Mount Palomar Winery is located on Rancho California Road, about 5 miles east of I-15. Courtesy: Google Maps.

A fire erupted Friday at a Temecula Valley winery, damaging part of the structure when flames ignited a propane tank, triggering an explosion.

The non-injury blaze was reported around 8:30 a.m. inside Mount Palomar Winery at 33820 Rancho California Road, according to the Riverside County Fire Department.

Three engine crews and a truck company, numbering around 14 firefighters, arrived within minutes of the 911 call and were attempting to contain the flames when an explosion ripped through the kitchen and tasting room of the winery, a fire department spokeswoman said.

She said the eruption occurred when the fire reached a propane container at the location, adding that the kitchen and tasting room were "destroyed."

The fire was extinguished a short time later.

Calls to the winery went unanswered, though fire officials confirmed that business operations had resumed.

The cause of the fire was under investigation.


– City News Service.

Deb C April 18, 2014 at 07:52 PM
I am glad no one was hurt. We experienced a propane explosion 4 months ago. They can be devastating.
Louann Spiegel Gates April 19, 2014 at 03:10 PM
I am shocked that this accident happened at my favorite winery! I am also relieved that no one was hurt! I will be there on Tuesday with my lunch bunch group fire or no fire. Hi to my favorite waitress Amber. Louann
Zachary Edmundson April 20, 2014 at 03:48 AM
Awful wine...
Psychic One April 23, 2014 at 03:03 AM
I like their wine. I have been tasting/drinking it since 1981 long before I moved here 24 years ago. Sorry to hear about the fire. I'm sure they will be running full service soon if not immediately. I love their picnic area as well as their tasting room. Back in the early 90's I was team mom to daughter's soccer team and once a month the players mom's and I would do a picnic potluck at the different wineries. It was a lot of fun. Godspeed to rebuilding Mount Palomar Winery.

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