3-acre brush fire nearly reaches nearby homes
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Two young boys accidentally set fire to three acres of brush, putting several homes literally in the line of fire.
Marana police and firefighters from the Northwest Fire Department responded to a large brush fire near Twin Peaks Road and the Santa Cruz River just after 12:00 p.m. Sunday, according to Adam Goldberg with Northwest Fire Department.
Goldberg tells 9OYS that two 10-year-old boys were playing with matches when some brush caught fire. The boys tried to put the fire out with water from water bottles, but they were unsuccessful.
The boys went to get help and found a woman walking her dog, Goldberg says. The woman then called 9-1-1.
Steve Celis, who lives right across the street says he coudn't believe what he was seeing.
"I walked outside and saw the while sky filled with smoke in this area, I thought what the heck was going on," he said.
The fire quickly spread through three acres, coming very close to several homes. It took firefighters almost three hours to get the fire under control, according to Goldberg.
"Parents need to contiunally stress all-year long about the dangers of matches and lighters, and assuring that access to those are kept away, and make sure that kids know that there is consequences for their actions," he told 9OYS.
Once the fire was out, one of the boys was cited with reckless burning and released to his parents, Goldberg says.
Goldberg also tells KGUN9 that both boys will have to go through the Northwest Fire Department's Juvenile Fire Setters program.