Canyon Fire Burns Near Crawford High School

Nearby Crawford High School was evacuated

By R. Stickney
|  Wednesday, May 22, 2013  |  Updated 4:53 PM PDT
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A canyon fire prompted the evacuation of Crawford High School. Many of the students were already home as the school had a scheduled early dismissal day.

A canyon fire prompted the evacuation of Crawford High School. Many of the students were already home as the school had a scheduled early dismissal day.

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A canyon fire prompted the evacuation of a high school in City Heights Wednesday.

Firefighters were called to University Avenue and 54th Street just before 2 p.m.

The grass and brush were scorched in the canyon directly behind Crawford High School. The school was evacuated, officials told NBC 7 San Diego, however the majority of the students had already been sent home for early dismissal.

The fire burned up the canyon right to the edge of the school's baseball/softball field and spread to 2.5 acres.

Firefighters were battling the flames with water drops from a San Diego Fire-Rescue helicopter along with a water engine. 

Promise Hospital of San Diego on University Avenue was not evacuated.

A 13-year-old boy is being questioned by authorities in connection with the fire.

Check back for updates on this developing story. 

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