PITTSBURG -- A woman suffered second- and third-degree burns in a possible arson fire near a homeless encampment Wednesday evening, authorities said.

The fire was reported about 5 p.m. on the De Anza Trail near Tiki Lane, according to Contra Costa Fire spokesman Lewis Broschard. Responding firefighters found grass and brush ablaze in a drainage area just off the trail.

Not long after they had arrived, firefighters found a woman sitting in the ditch about 100 feet away from the fire. She had second- and third-degree burns over about 18 percent of her body, Broschard said.

The woman, whose identity was not released, was taken to a hospital and later transferred to a burn unit.

The fire burned less than a quarter-acre and part of the nearby homeless encampment, Broschard said. The fire may have been arson, Broschard said, and investigators were called into check the scene.

Anyone with information on the incident is asked to call 1-866-50-ARSON.

Contact Daniel M. Jimenez at djimenez@bayareanewsgroup.com. Follow him at Twitter.com/DMJreports.



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