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Brush fire forces evacuations near Crawford High School

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This is a viewer submitted iPhone picture showing a helicopter water drop on a fire burning in City Heights Wednesday, May 22, 2013. Courtesy: CCHayes. This is a viewer submitted iPhone picture showing a helicopter water drop on a fire burning in City Heights Wednesday, May 22, 2013. Courtesy: CCHayes.

SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - A 13-year-old boy playing with a cigarette lighter accidentally started a brush fire in El Cerrito Wednesday that briefly threatened Crawford High School and nearby homes.

The flames ignited around 2:00 p.m. along the 5600 block of University Avenue in a canyon near 58th Street and Andros Place. Firefighters responded on the ground, while a helicopter made water drops from above.

Police say the boy admitted to playing with a lighter and sparking the blaze that burned near Crawford High School.

As a precaution, the school was evacuated, which was mostly vacant at the time because students were on a shortened class schedule for the day. No structural damage or injuries were reported.

The fire charred several acres but was fully contained within an hour.

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