ACCOMACK COUNTY- Beleaguered firefighters wary of more arsons in Accomack, responded to a control burn Tuesday on Lankford Road near Painter. They were quickly told to stand down.
This as a Pennsylvania fire department plans a fundraiser event for the fire departments battling arsons on the Eastern Shore.
The West Shore Bureau of Fire in Wormleyburg will be organizing a collection for relief supplies and money to be given to the fire departments during their annual Good Friday Fish Fry on Friday, March 29th.
The collection of relief supplies and money will be delivered on Monday April 1st by members of the Pennsylvania fire department to the Parksley Volunteer Fire Company in Accomack County.
They will then be distributed to the departments in need.
The West Shore firefighters are collecting:
• Bottled Water
• Hot Chocolate Packets
• Individually Packaged Snack Foods
Monetary donations can also be sent to:
The West Shore Bureau of Fire, c/o Accomack County, 510 Herman Ave, Ste 3, Lemoyne, PA 17043.
Meanwhile, the number of arsons and suspected arsons of abandoned buildings in Accomack County has passed 70.
Fire destroyed a two-story wooden house just before 10:00 a.m. Monday, in the 19100 block of Greenbush Road in Parksley.
Crews from the Parksley, Bloxom, Tasley, Onley and Onancock fire departments responded and said the fire had already engulfed the structure, according to Eastern Shore Fire.com.
Va. State Police say they believe the arsons that have occurred since mid-November 2012 are mostly the work of one person or group of persons. They believe some of the fires were copycats.
There's a $25,000.00 reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the fires.
Officials say there are more than 600 vacant buildings in the county.