75th arson in Accomack Co. as donation drive for firefighters continues

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Associated Press

Posted on March 29, 2013 at 6:45 AM

Updated Friday, Mar 29 at 1:43 PM

ACCOMACK-An abandoned home is the 75th arson in Accomack Co. since mid-November.

Va. State Police say the Thursday night fire on Seaside Road in Painter is believed to be related to a string of arsons in the county since mid-November.

They say the single story, wood-frame house was overgrown with trees and thick brush.

A $25,000 reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest and conviction. Virginia State Police and Accomack Sheriff's Department set up a hotline for people to give information. You can call or text to 757-655-1437.

Donations to help the volunteer firefighters and EMS personnel who've battled these fires for months are still being collected by Ocean Park Volunteer Rescue Squad in Va. Beach.

Personnel took a truckload to Parksley earlier this week.  They're planning to take the second batch of supplies Friday night , thanks to continued support from residents and now a big donation from Scott brand.  The company donated 1,200 rolls of paper towels from Chester, Pennsylvania and dropped the boxes off at Station 1 Friday morning.

"The company is proud to contribute to the already impressive outpour of generosity that has been demonstrated by the community over the past week," Michael Hurt, Scott brand manager, told WVEC.com.

Station 1 at 3769 E Stratford Rd. and Station 22 at 2837 Shore Drive are drop-off points.  For a list of needed items, including liquid detergent, snacks and non-refrigerated creamers, go to the Ocean Park Volunteer Rescue Squad Facebook page.

Members hope to make their second delivery later Friday.

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