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Homeowner Suspects Arson in Latest Fire Case in Accomack County

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HALLWOOD, Va.- There was another fire in Accomack County on Thursday night and this time it happened to an occupied home.

Virginia State Police said it was not serious, but it has the homeowner alarmed.

The small fire happened in the 12000 block of Mears Station Road in Hallwood. The fire occurred at the back of the house and damaged a small portion of the vinyl siding.

Police have not confirmed this latest fire as arson just yet.

James Shreaves said he and his two daughters were not home when the small fire happened.

He said the damage may not seem like much, but it has him very concerned.

"I believe that it put itself out it just wasn't enough time for it get going," Shreaves said. He said he's thanking his lucky stars but has his doubts about how the fire might have happened.

"I believe that somebody pulled the siding out and actually stuffed something behind it there," he said. 

Shreaves said, that somebody could be the same person or persons responsible for the many arson cases that have been gripping the county since November.

He said he's afraid those same people may now be targeting occupied properties.

"The worst part is that somebody had to be pretty much scoping the place out," he said.

The most recent fire was at the Leatherbury United Methodist Church in Onancock on Wednesday night, which like Shreaves' house was not abandoned. That is why police have called on bigger investigative agencies, which some people in the area said at this point such involvement is needed.
    
"We've got a problem we need to attend to and need to take care of because God knows what's next," said Darryl Hurley of Bloxom.

"Something needs to be done about it so if it costs $25,000 to get the people caught so be it," said Dennis Taylor, "it's well worth the $25,000 to stop all this."

Police said initially a $5,000 reward was made available through the International Association of Arson Investigators. The Accomack County Sheriff's Office is allocating the additional $20,000.

 

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