ONANCOCK, Va. (WAVY) - Crews from six volunteer fire departments battled a new arson on the Eastern Shore Wednesday night.
Sgt. Michelle Anaya with the Virginia State Police said the fire sparked around 11:15 p.m. in the 22000 block of Bayside Road in Onancock. No one was injured.
WAVY News' Andy Fox was on scene when the old Mallards Restaurant building burned. He spoke to a resident who reported the fire to authorities.
"I was awakened from a deep sleep by a crackling sound," Clyde Carrow said. "I thought it was gunshots,but I looked out my window and saw fire. I called 911."
The old restaurant had since been unoccupied and was owned by a bank.
WAVY.com spoke with a former owner of the property. "I drove by just ten minutes before," Johnny Morrison said. "It is just amazing nothing was going on ten minutes before that, and I get a phone call saying it is on fire. I don't understand. It is crazy."
Firefighters from Onancock Volunteer Fire Department returned to the scene on Bayside Road at 4:30 a.m. Thursday after the fire rekindled. WAVY.com had a crew on scene before firefighters arrived.
WAVY News' Liz Palka reported the fire started in the back left of the building and firefighters had it out quickly. One firefighter said the strong wind Thursday morning most likely played a role in the flames rekindling.
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