Police: 2 teens admit to starting Sign Hill Fire in South SF

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SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — Crews have contained a 4-alarm fire that was burning on Sign Hill in South San Francisco.

Smoke could be seen coming from the popular sign on the hill near San Francisco International Airport.

Fire crews responded to the fire just before 12 p.m. and it quickly grew to 4-alarms due to the hot, dry, and windy conditions.

Homes in the areas of Carnelian Road, Sonja Road, Mountain Road, Ridgeview Court, and Viewmont Terrance were immediately evacuated.

Cal Fire helicopters helped assist in the fight.

A few hours later around 2 p.m., fire officials say the blaze was contained.

No injuries were reported and no structures were lost.

Investigators say a resident reported two male juveniles were seen leaving the area right after the flames erupted.

Officers then tracked down a 14 and 16 year old who were questioned.

Detectives say the teens admitted to being responsible for the fire.

The teens were released to their families and the South San Francisco Fire Marshall will finish the investigation.

A new fire burned about an hour later in South San Francisco. Officials say the two blazes were unrelated.

Time Lapse video from Storyful shows the spread of the fire on Sign Hill.

At 8:22 p.m., the city lifted all evacuation orders.

The Municipal Services Building & Social Hall (33 Arroyo Drive) was being used as a temporary evacuation center in South San Francisco.

Governor Gavin Newsom announced on Twitter that he just got off the phone with President Donald Trump who has approved California’s major disaster declaration request.

This comes after the Trump administration this week rejected California’s request for disaster relief funds aimed at cleaning up the damage from six recent wildfires among the siege of deadly and destructive blazes that have scorched the state.

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