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UPDATE: VA Arsonist Strikes Again Nearly One Month Later

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ACCOMACK CO., Va. - State Police report the alleged arsonist may be back after nearly a month hiatus.

Accomack County residents like Lynn Gale & Calvin Nock are fed up with the fires.

"We can only hope that if it continues that he will be caught," said Lynn Gale, who is currently dealing with two of the 39 reported arsons.

Calvin Nock, an Onley, Va. resident says that "it's a terrible thing. People haven't got houses to live in now and people are going around here burning the houses and stuff up for no reason. I don't know why."

Police just confirmed two more arsons in the county almost a month since the last. Sunday, crews responded to a structure fire in this residential area in Nelsonia. Later the same evening, a brush and tire fire that happened in Onley. State police won't say if they're any closer to finding the arsonist.

"All arson information has been sent out that is releasable," said Virginia State Police via email to WMDT. "Unfortunately, this is an ongoing criminal investigation and information is not being released as to not hinder the investigation."

But folks like Gale aren't waiting for police to solve the case. Gale has been victimized twice already and he's focused on cleanup and getting back to work. The two recent fires happened just two blocks away from a barn he manages, which burned down on Christmas Eve.

"We stopped our celebration of Christmas and came up here from my house," said Gale. "There's not a whole lot you can do in most of these situations to protect yourself other than have the house occupied."

In November, the arsonist struck a labor house which he tells us he owns. All told, the damages will cost him easily over $25,000.

Also, WMDT received a tip about the possibility that even more fires happened in the county last night. Police confirmed that there were indeed two additional fires: a woods fire in Accomac and a vehicle fire.  

But at this time, it appears too early to say if these two other fires are related to the string of arsons. Police admit they still need your help to bring the arsonist to justice. If you have information which could lead to an arrest, call Virginia State Police at 1-800-582-8350.

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