South San Francisco police say teens started Sign Hill fire

SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO — A multi-alarm grass fire that broke out at historic Sign Hill in South San Francisco on Friday was set by a pair of teenage boys, police said.

The blaze was reported just before noon on the south side of the hill and quickly grew to four alarms due to hot, dry and windy conditions, the South San Francisco Police Department said in a news release. Surrounding homes were evacuated while crews fought the flames.

Police said a resident reported seeing two boys leaving the area just after the fire started. Officers identified the boys – ages 14 and 16 – and questioned them about their involvement.

“Detectives ultimately obtained statements from the juveniles who admitted to being responsible for starting the fire,” police said.

The results of the police investigation will be turned over to the fire marshal, who will conduct a “complete investigation and provide his determination at a later time,” police said.

The boys were released to family members pending the completion of the investigation.

Police said the fire was contained after several hours. There were no reports of injuries or damage.

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Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment


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