A Christmas Eve fire on Nelsonia Road in Bloxom left this barn in ruins. (Photo: WBOC)
BLOXOM, Va. - A Christmas Eve fire destroyed a barn and damaged numerous vehicles in Accomack County.
The fire happened on Nelsonia Road in Bloxom. An arson investigator was on the scene of the fire but authorities have not yet determined if it was intentionally set.
While police investigate the case, the frustration continued to mount for people in Accomack County.
Some people said they are tired of seeing the number of fires climb and are worried about whether or not their home or property could be burnt next.
"The guy is insane. I can't say a whole lot about it. He's insane," said Rontiese Copes of Hallwood. "I don't understand why he would want to go and start fires like this and just burn buildings down for no reason at all."
Taylor and Fulton is the company that owns the barn. It is based out of Florida and uses the land to grow tomatoes. One of the company's employees was at the scene of the fire Tuesday and said the barn was not abandoned unlike many of the other buildings in the on-going spree of arsons. The employee said along with the structure, general farming supplies were lost and four company trucks sustained damage.
The fire broke out on Christmas Eve once again calling dozens of volunteer firefighters to the seen and away from their families. It is a story that Charles Taylor of Mears knows all too well.
"I feel for them. They have to get up out of their beds during the middle of the night and they have their families all at home," Taylor said, "I really feel for them because part of my family were firefighters. My dad was and my grandfather was so I know what they're going through."
A Taylor and Fulton employee told WBOC that state investigators were scheduled to come back to the scene of the fire on Tuesday to search for evidence that soon could put a stop to these fires.
"I hope so," said Copes, "I really hope so. So they can go ahead and end this because this is ridiculous here."
If the fire is confirmed to be an arson, it would be the 39th in Accomack County since mid-November.
Authorities continue to offer a $5,000 reward to for any information that would help lead to an arrest in the case of these on-going arsons.
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