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8:31 am
Mon April 8, 2013

Four Arson Fires in Cambridge Within A Month

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A fourth arson fire has hit the town of Cambridge since late March.

Deputy State Fire Marshals are investigating the multiple fires the last of which occurred on Friday night involving a two-story vacant home on Fairmount Avenue.

The first fire on High Street set on March 20th also involved a two-story single-family home causing $90-thousand worth of damage.

Two other fires were set on March 26th involving a similar type of structure one located on Cross Street and another on Cedar Street.

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9:15 am
Thu April 4, 2013

Reported Confession in Virginia Eastern Shore Arson

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One of the suspects arrested in the Virginia Eastern Shore arson fires has reportedly confessed.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that a checklist for bail determination says  Charles Robert Smith III confessed and has 31 previous felony convictions.

The paper says it is not clear from the document what the scope of the confession was.

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9:44 am
Mon April 1, 2013

Another Fire in Accomack County (Update)

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Virginia State Police are investigating another fire in Accomack County.   

It occurred last night at 9:15 pm when emergency workers responded to a blaze at the intersection of Drummondtown Road and Folly Farm Road near the town of Accomac.

Authorities say the fire took out an abandoned two-story wooden structure that was located off the roadway in the woods.

No injuries were reported.

WBOC reports that officials have not yet confirmed if this fire is part of a series of more than 70 arsons since mid-November.

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9:21 am
Wed March 27, 2013

Arson Fire in Somerset County

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There has been a suspected arson fire in Somerset County.

It is the second such fire in the last two weeks.

But, the Maryland State Fire Marshall Office says the blaze in Eden does not appear to be connected to the more than 70 arson fires that have struck neighboring Accomack County since mid-November.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that no one was injured in the fire which only affected a small portion of the porch.

Authorities said that there was an odor from some kind of accelerant such as diesel or kerosene.

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8:46 am
Mon March 25, 2013

Fire Over the Weekend in Accomack County

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There was another fire in Accomack County.

Virginia State Police said units responded to a blaze early Sunday morning at 1 a.m. at a single structure on Bullbegger Road in Withams.

Police say the building was not occupied and there were no injuries.

So far, police say they do not know if it is related to the recent series of more than 70 arson fires since last November on Virginia’s Eastern Shore.

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9:31 am
Wed March 20, 2013

Community Aids Firefighters in Accomack County

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The firefighters struggling with more than 70 arson fires in Accomack County are getting some help from community groups and even those outside the state.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that local residents have stepped up by gathering items that fire companies need to restock their rehab unit as they  find their resources strained by the string of blazes.

The offering range from things like hot chocolate and water to sports drinks and snacks that are coming through local businesses across the Eastern Shore.

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9:05 am
Mon March 18, 2013

Weekend Brushfire in Accomack County

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Virginia State Police are looking into whether a brush fire in Parksley early Saturday morning is connected to the recent spate of arsons that have hit Virginia’s Eastern Shore.

They say the blaze on Dennis Drive and County appears to be the result of arson.

Police are urging the public to come forward with any leads on the fires with a $25-thousand reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible.

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12:12 pm
Fri March 15, 2013

Another Fire in Accomack County

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There’s been another suspected arson fire on Virginia’s Eastern Shore.


A turn-of-the-century wooden schoolhouse went up in flames last night at around 10:30 pm.


The structure on Cashville and Evans Wharf Roads was built in 1923.


It was being used as a storage facility by a local farmer, but had also been the site of the Andrew Chapel United Methodist Church.


The structure was completely destroyed.

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10:00 am
Wed March 13, 2013

Motel Fire in Accomack County

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Virginia State Police say they believe a fire at a motel last night was caused by arson.

Authorities say at least five fire companies responded to a blaze at the historic Whispering Pines Motel on Route 13 and Tasley Road at around 9:40 pm.

The motel is an abandoned building.

The fire comes in the wake of 65 arson fires in Accomack County since mid-November.

And they are taking a toll on the local firefighters.

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9:09 am
Tue March 12, 2013

Fire Reported in Accomack County

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Another fire in Accomack County.

This time Virginia State Police say it occurred around 10 pm last night at the intersection of Paige Fisher Road and Nocks Landing Road in Oak Hall.

Police say they suspect arson caused the blaze, if so it would be the 65th such fire in the region since last November.

Authorities have set up checkpoints and are handing out flyers with information about a tip line and the $25-thosuand reward leading to the arrest and conviction for those responsible for the arsons.

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9:12 am
Mon March 11, 2013

Virginia State Police Set Up Check Point in Accomack Arson Fires

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The Virginia State Police have set up a checkpoint in Accomack County hoping to catch those responsible for 64 arson fires in the region.

On Saturday the police say that they had divided the county in half creating only one way in and out.

Officers are handing out flyers with the tip hotline and an explanation of the reward for those who help lead to the arrest and conviction of the perpetrators.

There have been no arson fires since the stepped up surveillance.

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8:43 am
Tue February 26, 2013

New Blaze in Accomack County

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In Accomack County another fire broke out.

Just after 9 p.m. last night firefighters were on the scene of an abandoned building fire at the intersection of Saxis and Wessells Farm Roads in Temperanceville.

WBOC reports that when fire companies arrived on the scene the building was fully engulfed in flames.

It is still under investigation by Virginia State Police, and has not yet been confirmed as arson.

There have been upwards of 50 arson fires set in Accomack County since November of last year.

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12:02 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

Another Fire in Accomack County

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There’s been another fire in Accomack County.

This time it was in Melfa where a blaze engulfed an abandoned two-story structure on Sunday night.

Virginia State Police Investigators were notified around 9:25 pm.

The structure was located in the 2800 block of Beacon Road.

No injuries were reported.

There have been around 50 arson fires since last November and a $25-thousand reward has been posted for anyone who provides information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons involved the arson cases.

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12:29 pm
Fri February 15, 2013

Another Fire in Accomack County

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HALLWOOD, Va. (AP) - The authorities are investigating another fire on Virginia's Eastern Shore.

The Virginian Pilot reports that the fire was reported Thursday night in Hallwood. No one was injured in the structure fire, which was described as minor.

Investigators have not said whether the fire is linked to the nearly 50 that have been set since November.

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9:34 am
Thu February 14, 2013

Another Arson Fire in Accomack County

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There’s a new report out of Accomack County the Virginia State Police are investigating an attempted arson.

Authorities say evidence points to someone yesterday trying to set fire to a church located on Deep Creek Road in Onancock.

WBOC reports that police say they were called to the scene at around 2 p.m. and that it appears the attempt was made within the 24 hours.

Damage to the church was reported to be minimal and no one was injured.

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9:45 am
Mon February 11, 2013

Another Fire in Accomack County

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Its fire number 46 in Accomack County.

Last night, Virginia State Police were sent to a fire at 11:30 p.m. on route 13 in Nelsonia where an abandoned two story commercial building was ablaze.

No one was injured.

This followed a fire on February 9th in Temperanceville where police said a storage barn was burned down.

WBOC reports that preliminary investigations reveal that it appears to be arson.

A $5-thousand reward has been offered for information that leads to the arrest of the person or persons who  are responsible the crime.

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10:29 am
Fri February 8, 2013

Group Responsible for Accomack Arsons

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Virginia State Police say those arson fires on the Eastern Shore are the work of several people not just one person.

They believe they are from Accomack County and are familiar with the lay of the land.

Police also say they have several leads but are keeping the information from the public

There have been 44 such blazes since last November.

WBOC reports that state police have stepped up patrols called in extra investigators and are working closely with local law enforcement.

All the structures that have been hit have not been occupied.

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8:44 am
Mon February 4, 2013

44th Arson Fire in Accomack County

There’s been another fire in Accomack County.

This time it occurred on Saturday night in Parksley at around 11 pm.

Police say the fire was set intentionally to an abandoned barn.

This is the 44th such arson since November.

Few details are being released by police except that a criminal investigation is ongoing.

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9:23 am
Thu January 31, 2013

Another Suspected Arson on Virginia Eastern Shore

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Another blaze has broken out in the recent spate of arson fires in Accomack County.

Virginia Police say they are investigating a suspected arson…that occurred around 12:30 am yesterday morning at an abandoned home in Wachapreague at the intersection of Drummondtown and Chancetown roads.

Local resident LaDawn Logan told the Salisbury Daily Times that she opened her door to see the old house go up in flames.

The latest blaze has caused concern in the community with Logan saying the authorities need to catch the arsonists.

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9:15 am
Tue January 22, 2013

Two More Fires in Accomack

There were two more fires in Accomack County.


The blazes by an apparent arsonist resurfaced Sunday night after being quiet for several weeks.


The Salisbury Daily Times reports that authorities were called to a fire at a storage shed in Nelsonia and brush and a tire pile fire at F&G Automotive on coastal Boulevard in Onley.


Virginia State Police spokeswoman Michelle Anaya said these fires have been included in the investigation into a string of more than 40 arson fires that started November 12th at an abandoned house.

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12:38 pm
Tue December 4, 2012

Three More Fires in Accomack County Over Weekend

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In Accomack County, Virginia, the number of arsons has reached the two dozen mark with three more fires set over the weekend in both the north and south of the county.


An abandoned residence on Church Road near Accomac was set afire Friday evening followed by another blaze shortly after midnight Saturday at another abandoned structure on Saxis Road.


A third suspicious fire destroyed a portable catering trailer on Boston Road.

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