Belmont firefighters extinguished a vegetation fire at Nesbit Elementary School in about five minutes Tuesday afternoon.
At approximately 3:20 p.m., firefighters from Station 14 were driving back to their station when they saw smoke coming from the school. When they arrived, they saw the fire to the rear of the school district maintenance garage on the west side of the school, according to police.
The fire at one point extended 20 feet into the trees bordering an adjacent apartment complex and included a large amount of pine needles, according to police.
The cause of the fire is undetermined, but is classified as human-caused as no other sources of ignition were found, according to police.
Witnesses reported smelling something burning several hours before the fire broke out. The area is a popular spot for youth to congregate and it’s possible a discarded cigarette was the cause, according to police.