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65th Arson in Accomack County

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OAK HALL, Va.- Yet another arson fire in Accomack County Monday night has brought the total of intentionally set fires in the county to 65 since mid-November.

The fire comes on night after state police ended their checkpoints of cars in the county.  And despite an increased presence by state police troopers patrolling the roads, the arsonist was able to strike again.

The latest fire was located at the intersection of Nocks Landing Road and Paige Fisher Road in Oak Hall.  Local residents say by the time firefighters arrived on scene, the abandoned home was fully engulfed.

"The fire department wasn't trying to put the house out, they were just making sure that nothing else would catch on fire like the bushes and trees around the house.  They were spraying that," said Robert Witherspoon of Oak Hall.

Monday night's fire was the first since the early morning hours on Friday.  Over the weekend, State Police handed out over 6,000 flyers with information about the reward and the tip line.  And despite the increased presence of police in the county, the arsonist was un-phased.

"We had seen cops, officers, ride by back and forth all day long but as far as how he got in there and what he had done after he got in there, nobody ever knows," said Witherspoon.

State police say the increased patrols of the county will continue Tuesday night, but the arsonist has already shown that more police does not mean a night off from these fires.

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