TASLEY, Va.- Virginia State Police said Monday they have some promising new leads in the case of a serial arsonist in Accomack County, although no arrests have yet been made. The arsonist appears to be targeting abandoned buildings. With 20 fires in less than two weeks, locals now have their guard up, and firefighters are working overtime.
It was a busy night for firefighters last Monday, in the woods near Edgar Thomas Road in Tasley. A week later, charred remains tell the story of what has become an all too familiar case. It is just one example of 20, attributed to a serial arsonist.
"It's a shame that these houses are burnt for nothing," remarked Otis Cutler. "Somebody playing jokes. It's no joke, you know. I just think it's a shame."
Cutler lives about 100 yards from where the abandoned structures went up in flames. And he has reason to worry the arsonist might strike again.
"We have an empty farmhouse behind me and I'm just concerned about that, its been there so long," he explained.
Cutler said he is keeping an eye out to protect his home.
"I'm going to patrol this area around here, because I've got to live here, you know and I don't want that house burnt down behind me."
Across the street, Jimmy Abbott is keeping vigilant, too.
"Just keeping my eyes open, making sure they don't come around in this area," he told us. "I mean, whoever's doing it, they've got to be idiots. I hope they catch whoever it is."
Up to a $5,000 reward is being offered for any information leading to an arrest in the cases of these arsons. Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Virginia State Police Chesapeake Headquarters toll-free at 1-800-582-8350 or at (757) 424-6820; or contact the Accomack County Sheriff's Office at (757) 787-1131.
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