CHUCKATUCK, Va. (WAVY) - Neighbors in the Chuckatuck section of Suffolk fear an arsonist is among them.
Fire officials confirm there have been four fires within 100 yards of each other since October.
On October 7, a corncrib attached to a rental property on Meadowlot Lane caught fire around 11 p.m. The rental property, which was being used at the time, was destroyed. There were no injuries.
Next an abandoned barn behind a home on Kings Highway caught fire Jan. 18 just before 9 p.m. Neighbors say the barn had no electricity.
Less than two weeks later, Jerry Saunders' tool shed fell victim to the third fire. He also lives on Meadowlot Lane. The fire started around 9:30 p.m., when Saunders and his wife were home watching television.
"I lost all my tools and everything I've been accumulating for 50 years, and a lot of my dads tools he had, so I lost a lot," said Saunders, a lifelong Chuckatuck firefighter.
This month, a garage on Evergreen Lane caught fire. The garage was an extension of Carolyn Harris' home, which had just been fixed. Heat damage from the second fire damaged the house, because the two properties border each other in the backyards.
"I had gone to bed, but was not asleep, and heard some popping sounds and just went to check it out," said Harris. "That's what we heard from the other fires also."
Harris lost many memories and family heirlooms to the flames.
The Suffolk Fire Marshal's office is conducting an "active investigation," according to spokeswoman Diana Klink. She would not comment on whether the fires are considered suspicious or if they are related.
Residents say it can't possibly be coincidence.
"Arsonists sometimes are funny people," said Saunders. "You don't really what's on their mind, and they might not have anything against anybody, they just like to see fire."
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