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Illegal fireworks blamed in NorCal rental car lot fire

Illegal fireworks likely caused a fire that destroyed dozens of cars at a Hertz car rental parking lot in San Francisco.

July 4, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
Firefighters said illegal fireworks most likely caused a blaze that destroyed dozens of cars at a Hertz car rental overflow parking lot in San Francisco.

Witnesses said they heard what may have been fireworks before the fire started.

Moderate winds caused the flames to spread, and the blaze burned some 37 vehicles.

About 30 people had to be evacuated from a nearby hotel, but no one was injured.

There was no word on a damage estimate.