South San Francisco, CA October 16, 2020 Submitted by SSFPD
Friday, October 16, 2020 just before 12:00 p.m., South San Francisco Police and Fire Departments responded to the report of a brush fire on the south side of historic “Sign Hill” in South San Francisco.
The fire grew to four alarms very quickly due to the hot, dry and windy conditions. Police and fire immediately requested countywide mutual aid to assist with fighting the fire and evacuating homes above the fire. Numerous residents were displaced for several hours while the fire was being contained. Cal Fire utilized helicopters and an aerial firefighting tanker to assist in fighting the fire.
The fire was contained after several hours, and due to the extraordinary efforts of all agencies involved there were no injuries reported and no structures lost.
Early into the preliminary investigation, an alert resident in the neighborhood reported seeing two male juveniles leaving the immediate area just after the fire started. Based on this report and follow up investigation, South San Francisco Police Officers identified two South San Francisco juveniles, ages 14 and 16 years old, and questioned them about their involvement. South San Francisco Detectives ultimately obtained statements from the juveniles who admitted to being responsible for starting the fire.
The results of the police investigation will be turned over to the South San Francisco Fire Marshall who will conduct a complete investigation and provide his determinations at a later time. The juveniles were released to family members pending the completion of the investigation.