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Fire That Burned Vacant Pittsburg Classroom Deemed Arson

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A one-alarm fire that burned a portable classroom at an abandoned school in Pittsburg on Sunday afternoon was intentionally set, a Contra Costa County Fire Protection District spokesman said today.

Crews responded around 4:10 p.m. Sunday to reports of a fire in the 1200 block of Stoneman Avenue and found the portable classroom ablaze on the former Central Junior High School campus, fire officials said.

Firefighters were able to get the blaze under control in about 20 minutes and no injuries were reported.

Investigators have determined that someone intentionally set the fire, but information about possible suspects was not immediately available today, according to Fire Inspector George Laing.

Fire officials said the portable classroom where the junior high school’s old campus is located is next to the school’s new campus and has been left vacant for about eight years.

The blaze caused an estimated $30,000 in damage and remains under investigation.

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