Fireworks blamed for 10-acre brush fire in Lithia
TAMPA Teenagers playing with fireworks inadvertently sparked a 10-acre brush fire in Lithia that threatened 20 homes Friday, investigators with Hillsborough County Fire Rescue said. No one was hurt, but flames from the two-alarm blaze melted sections of a PVC fence surrounding the FishHawk subdivision, fire rescue spokesman Ronnie Rivera said. Witnesses told investigators they saw several teenagers playing with fireworks Friday afternoon, Rivera said. A few of the embers landed in a dry brush area and started the fire, he said.The fire was ruled accidental. The teens and their parents will be placed in an intervention program that will teach them the consequences of playing with fireworks and matches, investigators said. Twenty units and 40 firefighters responded to the area of 5720 Osprey Ridge Drive. The flames got as close to 20 feet away from some homes, Rivera said. The houses were evacuated; Bevis Elementary School was also in the path of the brush fire, but was not damaged. “We stopped the fire right at the fence line,” Rivera said.