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* Woman Badly Burned in Possible Arson Fire at Homeless Encampment in Pittsburg

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A woman was badly burned in a possible arson fire at a homeless encampment in Pittsburg Wednesday evening, fire officials said today. Fire crews responded around 5 p.m. to reports of a vegetation fire on the De Anza Trail near Tiki Lane in Pittsburg. Once there, firefighters found a woman sitting in a drainage area about 100 feet away from the small brush fire who was suffering from burn injuries, according to officials with the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District.

The woman was taken to an area hospital and later to a burn center to be treated for second- and third-degree burns covering about 20 percent of her body. Meanwhile, the vegetation fire was contained to less than a quarter-acre, fire officials said. A fire investigator began probing the cause of the fire, which is suspected to be arson. Investigators at the scene developed information leading to potential arson suspects, according to fire officials.

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