ACCOMACK CO. – Investigators say 20 arsons have taken place in Accomack County since November 13.
A Thanksgiving morning fire involved an abandoned barn. There were no fires set overnight Saturday, Nov. 24 or overnight Sunday, Nov. 25.
The Accomack County Sheriff’s Office and Virginia State Police says most started overnight and were set in vacant homes, abandoned barns and even chicken coops. They've been set between 8:30 p.m. to 4 a.m., according to Va. State Police.
Investigators say it's not uncommon for multiple fires to be set in one night.
No one has been injured in any of the fires, but investigators are asking for help to identify the serial arsonist(s).
“The Accomack County Sheriff’s Office and Virginia State Police have received a significant number of tips related to these arsons,” said Accomack County Sheriff Todd E. Godwin. “We want to thank the many residents who have reached out to us in the past week with information. As a result of the public’s overwhelming response and assistance, we have developed several strong leads we are currently pursuing at this time.”
"Based on our ongoing investigation, we feel certain that the person or persons responsible for these fires is a resident of Accomack County and is known to local residents,” added Capt. Tim Reibel, Commander of the Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation’s Chesapeake Field Office.
A reward of $5,000 is being offered by the Virginia Chapter of the International Association of Arson Investigators for an arrest and conviction.
Anyone with information about the fires or who recalls seeing any vehicles or individual(s) near the destroyed structures is encouraged to call the Virginia State Police Chesapeake Headquarters toll-free at 1-800-582-8350 or at (757) 424-6820; or contact the Accomack County Sheriff’s Office at (757) 787-1131.