Canyon Fire Burns Near Crawford High School

Nearby Crawford High School was evacuated

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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.

    Canyon Fire in City Heights

    [DGO] Canyon Fire in City Heights
    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. (Published Wednesday, May 22, 2013)

    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.