Fireworks may be to blame for fire at car rental lot near SFO 

As many as 37 rental cars were consumed by flames Sunday afternoon after a grassy parking lot used by a rental car company caught on fire -- possibly because of fireworks.

According to North County Fire Chief Philip White, fireworks were reported in the area of the100 block of Mitchell Avenue prior to the 911 emergency calls reporting a grass fire. The link between the two, however, is being investigated.

When fire crews arrived to the grassy lot, however, they found eight cars on fire. The wind spread the blaze to consume as many as 37 vehicles. The lot, which was described as a dirt lot next to the 111 Mitchell property is leased by Hertz rental car in South San Francisco.

The property is located three-miles north of San Francisco International Airport. The airport was reporting 23 mph winds around 4 p.m.

Fireworks are illegal in South San Francisco, according to White.

“There’s no such thing as safe and sane fireworks,” White said.

The two-alarm fire was reported to North County Fire around 2:45 p.m., White said. It was under control by 4 p.m. No injuries were reported.

A damage estimate was not immediately available.

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