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Accomack Arsons More Common on Weekends

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WITHAMS, Va.- Virginia State Police say 58 arson fires have been confirmed in Accomack County since mid-November.  The first weekend in March saw four fires alone; two on Saturday and another two on Sunday. WBOC looked into a growing trend with these fires and found that 32 of the 58 have occurred on a weekend - Friday, Saturday or Sunday.

Accomack County resident Tillie McDonnell said these fires are getting too close to home for comfort.

"It's terrifying because its been so close.  We had a fire the very next house down here last Monday night and just across the bridge on Sunday night.  I just hope they catch him before somebody gets hurt," said McDonnell.

One of Sunday's two fires happened in Withams at an abandoned structure across the street from a church.  The fire have become so frequent in the county that local resident have begun to predict what could be hit next.

"That house had been empty for at least, I'd say 15 years, so when we heard about all the arsons, my husband said it might be one of them.  So, he thought about buying a camera and setting it up at the church to film and catch them, but too late now," said McDonnell.

Over half of the confirmed arsons have been set on a weekend in Accomack County.  A trend that was very clear in February when not one weekend went by without at least two fires.  Gloria Fedderman live in Withams and believes it is all a part of the arson or arsonist's plan.

"It make you feel like somebody is studying the areas while you're living.  People are just sitting there watching when you're coming and going," said Fedderman.

Whether it is a part of the plan or not, 32 out of 58 fires occurring on the weekend is a noticeable trend that has caught the attention on Accomack County.

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