ANTIOCH -- A blaze that caused $10,000 in damage to an old fire station Thursday night was arson, a fire official said.

Fire Inspector George Laing with the Contra Costa Fire Protection District said the investigation into the fire is ongoing, but evidence at the scene confirmed that someone intentionally set the blaze. The building is now owned by the city of Antioch.

The building was solely used for training purposes until three or four years ago, Laing said, and has since been sitting idle. Laing said the vacant building has attracted some trouble; as recently as a month ago, copper wire was stolen from inside the building's walls.

While the flames were contained to one room in the old station, fire crews said smoke damage extended through much of the building, resulting in $10,000 in damage.

Neighbors were able to provide possible suspect descriptions to investigators regarding who may have set the fire, but that information is not being released yet, Laing said.

The fire, on Deerfield Drive, was reported around 8:20 p.m. Thursday. Crews were able to knock the fire down by 8:50 p.m.

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