Fireworks cause deck fire at San Francisco home 

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A deck fire caused by fireworks in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Heights neighborhood on Tuesday could have been disastrous if the residents weren’t awake, authorities said.

The residents at 818 Pacheco St. called for help around 5:20 a.m. after the blaze broke out on the rear-deck of their home, fire spokeswoman Lt. Mindy Talmadge said.

Firefighters responded and suppressed the blaze in less than 15 minutes, she said.

The residents told fire officials that fireworks, which are illegal to set off in San Francisco, had been going off “all night” in the immediate area, Talmadge said.

“Good thing they were awake,” she said, adding that no one was injured.

Despite that close call, the San Francisco Fire Department reported a relatively mild Fourth of July weekend concerning fireworks-related incidents, Talmadge said.

Since Friday afternoon, firefighters battled only two grass fires and a deck fire in The City.

“Generally there’s more grass fires,” Talmadge said.

Just after noon on Friday, firefighters put out a grass fire near the Potrero Hill housing projects at 25th and Dakota streets. The blaze was under control in 10 minutes, she said.

Less than a half hour later, firefighters suppressed a grass fire at a housing project in Hunters Point. That fire was larger, taking up about a quarter of an acre, Talmadge said.

No one was injured in either grass fire, she said.

Fireworks were also used as a tool of vandalism on the Fourth of July. Around 4:30 p.m., police say a child between ages 9 and 12 set off fireworks in a U.S. Postal Service mailbox at Hayes and Buchanan streets.

Talmadge said the few incidents of fireworks damage in San Francisco is a testament to The City’s diligent outreach programs prior to the holiday weekend. Also, The City closes down certain vulnerable areas, including parks by Candlestick Park, in order to prevent incidents, she said.

“Crews have been more alert,” Talmadge said. “They’re very aware of where the fireworks are taking place. We also encourage people to go to the public events that are sanctioned.”

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