VIRGINIA BEACH-For more than four months, volunteer firefighters on the Eastern Shore have been getting up in the middle of the night to battle one intentionally-set fire after another. More than 70 abandoned buildings in Accomack County have gone up in flames, most the work of a serial arsonist, some set by copycats, investigators believe.
To help those volunteer firefighters, the Ocean Park Volunteer Rescue Squad in Va. Beach decided it could help by collecting supplies.
Dawn dish soap is needed to wash fire hoses. For the firefighters, bottled water and Gatorade, protein bars, coffee, non-refrigerated creamers, sugar, paper products, cups, napkins, and snacks are needed.
"It's something important that is affecting our fellow volunteers across the water. I know that a lot of people down here want to help but are not sure how," said John Burkard.
Donated cash will help pay for the extra cost of fuel.
Drop-off points are Ocean Park Volunteer Rescue Squad Station 1 at 3769 E Stratford Road and Station 22 at 2837 Shore Drive.
The supplies will be taken to the Parksley Volunteer Fire Co., which has a support truck that goes to the fires.