OAK VIEW — A 23-year-old Oak View man was killed in an early morning fire that destroyed a camper where he was sleeping, authorities said Saturday.
Jason Eugene Revard died in the fire that began about 4:30 a.m. inside his camper, which was parked in front of his grandmother's house at 90 Park Ave., his family said.
A propane torch stored in the camper was the source of the fire, according to the Ventura County medical examiner's office, but the official cause is still under investigation.
The victim's father, Jerry Revard, lives next door to his son's maternal grandmother, Esther Wheeler, but didn't see the fire.
Responding to a 911 call, firefighters extinguished the flames and then discovered Revard's charred remains, according to the Ventura County Sheriff's Department. The fire gutted the camper but not the truck it was mounted on.
"He was my first-born son and he had just had a baby," said Revard.
Jason Revard's longtime girlfriend, Regina Quinones, gave birth to the couple's son, Wyatt Eugene Revard, a week ago, his father said. She and the baby were staying with her family while Revard alternated between his camper and his father's house.
Revard had recently made a security deposit on a small two-bedroom rental house on the same block, where he planned to live with his girlfriend and son, his father said. Revard worked for an Oak View plumbing company.
Revard was born in Ventura and lived with his family for two years on Ventura Avenue before his father built a home on Park Avenue. He attended Oak View Elementary School, De Anza Middle School and Ventura High School.
He worked four years at an Oak View building supply company and also as a self-employed plumber. His father said Revard enjoyed hiking, backpacking and fishing.
"He really loved everybody," Jerry Revard said. "He was a generous soul. He didn't have much but would give anything he had to somebody who needed it."
In addition to his father and grandmother, Revard is survived by his mother, Christine Kwan, and younger brother, Nathan Revard, who live in Camarillo.