ACCOMACK COUNTY, Va. (WAVY) - Firefighters on Virginia's Eastern Shore need help in their struggle against a wave of arson that has struck Accomack County since November.
Nightly, crews have suited up to head out to fight another arson. Many of those men and women are volunteers. They have other daytime jobs.
The fires are also taking a toll on the County as a whole.
"It's been very, very difficult on this whole community. They firefighters are exhausted. Every morning, the first thing I do is check Facebook to see if there was a fire last night," said resident Michelle Williams.
Across the community, people are working to keep the crews going. At the Market Street Grill in Onancock for example, the owners are taking a portion of their sales throughout the weekend and donating them to the fire department.
"Our community is a very supportive community and people come together to help one another and in this case I think the entire Eastern Shore is trying to help in some way," explained resident Kristie Annis.
There is currently a burn ban for most of Accomack County. No unlawful burning is allowed, as firefighters try to find the serial arsonist.
Virginia State Police are investigating arson number 73. The latest fire was set around 10:30 p.m. Thursday at an abandoned house on Metompkin Road in Mappsville.
There is a $25,000 reward in this search. Call Virginia State Police Chesapeake Headquarters toll free at 1-800-582-8350 or 757-424-6820. You can also call the Accomack County Sheriff's Office at 757-787-1131 with information.
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