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One-Year Anniversary of First Accomack Arson

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PARKSLEY, Va. - One year ago on Tuesday at 10:41 p.m, the Eastern Shore 911 Center received a call about a house fire on Dennis Drive in Parksley.  It was the first fire in the long string of arsons that terrorized Accomack County for five months.

Jennie Rich lives on Dennis Drive in Parksley, right across the street from the first fire set.

"I remember that I was sleeping and I hear some popping and noise and I got up and I looked out the window and I saw all these flashing lights and cars in my yard.  And then I looked out my other window and that's when I saw the house on fire," said Rich.

Charles Smith, the man who pleaded guilty to setting 67 fires in the county, told police that his fiance, Tonya Bundick, set the fire on the left side of the porch, one year ago, while he watched.  Rich told WBOC that it is scary to think that the two people responsible for the crimes were just a few yards from her front door.

"I'm glad its over and I am glad they got the people who did it because they may have hurt somebody after a while if they kept on doing it," Rich said.

After the first fire, five more were set throughout the county in just over 24 hours.  Smith told police he set on of those five and Bundick was responsible for the other four.  Fortunately for neighbors and firefighters, the arson spree has been over for a few months but the it is still fresh in people's minds.

Rich said, "Every time I come out I look over there and I do think about it.  I do think about it."

It is safe to say that she is not alone.

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