Boys blamed in South City sign singe scare 

click to enlarge Five 13-year-old boys are to blame for a brush blaze Friday that burned dangerously close to the “South San Francisco The Industrial City” sign, police said Monday.
  • Five 13-year-old boys are to blame for a brush blaze Friday that burned dangerously close to the “South San Francisco The Industrial City” sign, police said Monday.

It might not be the iconic Hollywood sign, but there would have been much disappointment — tears even — if the giant letters gracing a South San Francisco hillside went down in flames.

Five 13-year-old boys are to blame for a brush blaze Friday that burned dangerously close to the “South San Francisco The Industrial City” sign, police said Monday.

The teenagers — all of whom live in South City except one who lives in San Francisco — allegedly lit several fireworks at Sign Hill Park about 4:40 p.m. One caused a large brush fire on the south side of the hill, police said.

After the fire broke out, the kids allegedly fled without reporting it. A bystander called 911.

The billowing smoke over the hillside could be seen for miles, and multiple fire departments were called to the scene.

The fire was controlled within an hour, South City police Sgt. Bruce McPhillips said. No homes were threatened and the sign was not damaged, he said.

Investigators were able to identify one of the boys, who then identified his accomplices, McPhillips said.
All five boys were cited for conspiracy and burning property, and released to their parents.

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