Firefighters knock down 'suspicious' brush fire behind Webster-area homes

SDFD fire crews dose brush fire behind homes
SDFD fire crews dose brush fire behind homes
Posted at 4:48 PM, Dec 12, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-13 09:09:48-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - Fire crews made quick work of a small brush fire in the Webster area of San Diego Tuesday.

The fire kicked up just after 3:30 p.m. on a hillside near Charles Lewis III Memorial Park, located at 47th Street and Home Avenue. San Diego Fire-Rescue firefighters were quick to arrive and knock down the quarter-acre blaze quickly.

No one was injured and no homes were damaged.

Crews are calling the fire "suspicious." The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Witnesses on scene reported hearing an explosion on the hillside, followed by fire and smoke. Multiple witnesses also reported seeing what appeared to be a group of homeless people leaving the scene.

An SDFD captain on scene told 10News if they had been dealing with strong Santa Ana winds the county endured last week, the fire could have become much worse. A line of homes is located at the top of the hillside the fire burned. The captain said the homes could have easily been threatened if they were facing similar weather conditions.

The small blaze comes just days after the Lilac Fire erupted along Interstate 15 in the Bonsall area, driven by dry conditions and strong winds. The fire was quickly pushed into neighborhoods, burning structures as it moved across North County.

That fire is now 92 percent contained after burning 4,100 acres.