COLLIER COUNTY, Fla. - Firefighters are still trying to contain a brush fire creeping close to Golden Gate High School.
They cannot point to a definite cause at this time but say the fire was most likely intentionally set, and neighbors reported seeing kids in the woods around the time of the blaze.
"(My neighbor) saw a couple teenagers on the canal, which he thought was strange and they kept running back into woods. I said, 'Maybe you should go over there and tell the police,'" says Vicki Smith, whose home sits a couple hundred yards from the fire.
The Golden Gate Fire District says they have had problems in the past with kids starting fires in the area.
According to interim fire chief Nolan Sapp, the flames sparked around 11 p.m. Sunday, and was under control hours later. Sapp says the fire started back up around 7 a.m. Monday. As of Monday afternoon, the fire was mostly contained.
Firefighters say the area affected is a preserve that sits between the high school and a canal. Homes sit on the other side of the canal. The size of the burned area is estimated at three acres, and the location of the fire poses some logistical issues.
"There's fencing to one side, a canal bank to the other," says Sapp. "It's not accessible to fire trucks. It's mostly hand tools and what we can reach with fire hoses."
Sapp says the school and nearby homes are not under threat from the flames, but neighbors could have problems with smoke.