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Brush Fire Above Carlmont High Kept to One Acre

Post Date:07/14/2017 5:55 PM

Contact: Captain Patrick Halleran, Public Information Officer - Belmont Police & Fire Departments (650) 595-7430

Quick action by firefighters kept a brush fire in the hills above Carlmont High School contained to approximately one acre today.  A juvenile playing with fireworks was found to be responsible.

On Friday 7/14/17 at approximately 10:50AM, Belmont Fire and Police units responded to a report of a brush fire on the hillside above Carlmont High School. Upon arrival, firefighters found a fire on the hill between Carlmont High and homes on Hastings Dr.

Belmont firefighters, assisted by units from San Mateo Fire and Cal Fire, set up operations in the 2500 block of Hastings Dr and pulled approximately 700 feet of hose down the hill to attack the fire. The fire was brought under control quickly and firefighters were able to contain the burned area to approximately one acre. Firefighters remained on-scene for approximately 3 hours to ensure that all hotspots were extinguished. Expended fireworks were found at the scene.

Shortly before 3:30PM, Belmont PD investigators interviewed a 14 year old Belmont boy, who admitted starting the fire accidently, while setting off fireworks. Investigators collected fireworks from the boy and are in contact with his parents. No decision on charges has been made at this time, and the boy's name is not being released due to his age.

The Belmont Fire and Police Departments would like to remind the community that not only it is illegal to discharge any fireworks in Belmont, it is extremely dangerous.

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Scenes from today's fire above Carlmont High School

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