Community prays for end to Accomack Co. arsons

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by Jonathan Costen, 13News

WVEC.com

Posted on March 20, 2013 at 7:30 AM

Updated Friday, Nov 1 at 1:18 PM

ACCOMACK CO. -  With each arson in Accomack County, people wonder what can be done to catch those responsible.  

So far, 71 vacant buildings or trailers have been set on fire since mid-November 2012.

As investigators do their job, many people are asking for help from a higher power.   Members of several churches held a prayer vigil at Nandua High School.  

They prayed for calm for members of the community who are afraid,  for the safety of emergency crews working countless hours putting out the fires and for those who are responsible for setting the fires.

“It's making people very frightened. The senior citizens are waking up at two and three o’clock in the morning and can't get back to sleep. I myself am waking up at three and four," said Martha White, a retired teacher.

Pastor Steve Jones of Shore Presbyterian Church helped organize the vigil.  He's grateful that no one's been hurt, but he's concerned that could change if the fires continue.

"We're sort of helpless as a community," he said. "We need Got in finding a solution for this."

There's a $25,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of those responsible. 

Another prayer vigil wil be held Thursday at 7:00 p.m. at Jerusalem Baptist Church on Jerusalem Road.

 

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