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A woman arrested in Pittsburg Saturday in connection with a car fire has been charged with one felony count of arson, according to the Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office. Julie Holland, 30, of Pittsburg, was arrested Saturday by a Contra Costa County Fire Protection District investigator after witness statements identified her as being at the scene of the fire, fire officials said. Firefighters and Pittsburg police responded to the first block of Atherton Circle at 1:40 p.m. to the report of a car fire, the fire district said. Crews found a 1994 Toyota Tercel parked on a city street and in flames. The fire was put out quickly, officials said. The car sustained moderate damage but is no longer usable.
An investigator was called to the scene because the cause of the fire was suspicious, and later determined it to be arson, officials said. Holland and the owner of the car know each other and have had previous contact, according to the fire district.
Holland was booked into Contra Costa County Jail where she remains in holding in lieu of $75,000 bail. The suspected arsonist is set to appear in court on Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. for arraignment.
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