SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A brush fire of unknown origin burned about four acres on a hillside behind a Mission Valley hotel Tuesday afternoon, briefly threatening a home but causing no reported structural damage or injuries.
The blaze erupted about 12:15 p.m. off Hotel Circle South near Bachman Place, according to the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department.
Ground crews and personnel aboard an emergency-services helicopter got the flames under control within about 45 minutes, SDFRD spokesman Maurice Luque said. The aircraft made nine water drops, refilling its firefighting tank at the nearby San Diego River, Luque said.
About 80 firefighters responded to the blaze, which burned about 150 yards from the back side of Courtyard Marriott Mission Valley Hotel and spread toward one residence for a time.
Authorities detained three transients -- including one who tried to run off when he saw them -- who emerged from overgrowth in the area as crews were dousing the flames. Investigators determined, however, that the men had nothing to do with the fire and released them, Luque said.
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