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64th Suspected Arson Under Investigation in Accomack County

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Early Friday's suspected arson destroyed an abandoned home on Saxis Road in Temperanceville. (Photo: Tyler Butler/WBOC) Early Friday's suspected arson destroyed an abandoned home on Saxis Road in Temperanceville. (Photo: Tyler Butler/WBOC)

TEMPERANCEVILLE, Va.- The hunt for the Accomack County arsonist or arsonists is still burning. Burke Landon found an arson fire early Friday morning.


"When we woke up, it was on fire and it just started," said Burke Landon, of Temperanceville. He added, "all of the firefighters were here."

Virginia State Police say they were called to another suspected arson fire early Friday morning in Accomack County. WBOC looked into a growing trend with these arsons, and found that 32 of the 64 have occurred on a weekend. But Landon says the fires are still unpredictable.

"The weekend theory just doesn't float," Landon said. "It's been every night this week"

Police said that at around 1:37 a.m., they got the report of a fire at an abandoned two-story home on the 28500 block of Saxis Road in Temperanceville.

"He has no set schedule," Landon said. "I guess whenever he feels like it."

Police say the building burned to the ground, but there were no injuries reported. There's nothing left of the home but ash and scorched pipes.

"Now look at this," said Terry Holden as he paced around the burning structure. "Once again we look at this again, time after time again in the neighborhood. Houses just being destroyed."

The investigation for this fire is ongoing, but police believe the fire appears to be arson. Meanwhile, Holden says he may have to take the law into his own hands.

"We feel like we got to have handguns to protect ourselves from this arsonist," Holden said.

This will make 64 arson fires in the county since mid-November.

Here's a breakdown:

November-- 22

December--15

January-- 5

February-- 12

March-- 10

Once again, Virginia State Police urge people to come forward with any information that can help them solve the arsons on the Eastern Shore. There is still a $25,000 reward offered for any information that leads to an arrest and conviction.

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