Published: Apr 26, 2011 5:56 AM EDT
Updated: Apr 26, 2011 12:17 AM EDT

LEHIGH ACRES, Fla. - Monday was a busy day for firefighters all across Southwest Florida. Before the rain came, several brush fires ignited, endangering nearby homes. One in Lehigh Acres near 16th Street West and Elaine Avenue North landed two kids in the back of patrol cars.

Maria Diaz was inside her home relaxing and giving herself a pedicure when, "All of a sudden, I see this smoke and I see this stuff flying," Diaz said. "I come out and the fire is right there, all over the place."

Flames were ripping through a field, feet away from her home. She grabbed the hose and sprayed until firefighters arrived.

"Imagine that tree up there," Diaz said pointing to a tall tree. "The fire was like up there. It was really really really bad."

It didn't take long for crews to contain the suspicious 2-acre fire. But then came the question of how it started.

"One of my neighbors was on his way home, and he saw two kids running," Diaz said.

The Lehigh Acres Fire Department confirmed the culprits: two kids playing with lighters. The kids sat in the back of patrol cars before being issued notices of violation from the Division of Forestry.

"I just asked them and they said they had done it and they were sorry," neighbor Mark Burkhead said. "Just kids being busy on spring break."