PITTSBURG -- A vegetation fire along the Delta de Anza Regional Trail that fire investigators called suspicious damaged two buildings Friday afternoon, officials said.

Crews responded at 3:20 p.m. for a fire that ultimately burned about one-eighth of an acre along the trail near the intersection with Railroad Avenue, Contra Costa Fire District Fire Marshal Robert Marshall said.

No one was injured in the blaze that caused an estimated $25,000 in damage to a small outbuilding and an in-law unit in the backyard of a nearby home, Marshall said.

Fire district officials and East Bay Regional Park District police are investigating the cause of the fire, Marshall said. A witness saw two juveniles in the area just before the fire began, he added.

In the past two months, there have been about 15 fires along the trail, most of them suspicious, Marshall said. Although bystanders have reported seeing youngsters near some of the earlier fires, the witness on Friday provided a better description, he said.

Anyone with information about the fire is asked to call the fire district's arson tip line at 1-866-50-ARSON.

Contact Lisa P. White at 925-943-8011. Follow her at Twitter.com/lisa_p_white.



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