Firefighters quickly put out a small brush fire in University Heights Saturday, and police detained a person who may have started it.
Someone called police at about 3:20 p.m. to report a fire behind the Ralphs near the intersection of University and 10th Avenues, east of state Route 163, according to San Diego Police Sgt. Robert Hawkins.
The caller told officers they heard an explosion and eight-to-10-foot flames could be seen.
Firefighters arrived to find about 400 square feet of brush ablaze near a homeless encampment, San Diego Fire-Rescue spokeswoman Monica Munoz said.
The fire was knocked down within seven minutes, she said.
When police got to the scene, a man hopped a fence and tried to flee, according to Hawkins. Officers were able to detain the man, and he was being held for questioning in connection with the fire, Hawkins said.
— City News Service
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