ACCOMACK COUNTY, Va. (WAVY) - Accomack County officials have opened a bank account for donations to help volunteers during the hunt for a serial arsonist.
The account was opened at Shore Bank in Onley, with the bank donating $1,000 to the cause. Contributions will be distributed by the Board of Supervisors upon advice from the Accomack County Fire and Rescue Commission.
Those wishing to contribute can send donations to Shore Bank c/o Accomack Firefighter's Assistance Fund, PO Box 920, Only, VA 23418 or drop them off at any Shore Bank branch.
Donors can also contact Billie Jean Miles with the Accomack County Department of Public Safety at 757-789-3610 or 757-824-4274.
Accomack County's Jeff Terwillinger said fire response has increased 126 percent since November 12, 2012, when the first arson occurred. About 20 firefighters respond to reported structure fires in Accomack County. Terwillinger said they spend about two and a half hours on scene, totaling 3,700 hours since November.
Several agencies across Virginia, Maryland and Delaware have offered Accomack County assistance.
The Accomack County Department of Public Safety is asking anyone wishing to help to volunteer with the fire and rescue stations. There are ways aside from firefighting and EMS work to volunteer. Click here to learn more.
Drop-off locations for various items such as coffee, cups and snacks for the firefighters have been set up at the following locations:
- Pocomoke Animal Hospital, Pocomoke, MD
- Contours, Exmore
- Tangled Salon, Exmore
- Cycle Creations Highway Market, New Church
- Arcadia Nursing & Rehab ~ Quail Run, Nelsonia
- Martha's Kitchen, Saxis
- H.W. Drummonds, Greenbush
- • Attitudes Fitness, Onancock
- • Walmart, Onley
- • A.J's Meat Barn, Cheriton
- • Dockside Properties, Chincoteague
- • Chris' Bait and Tackle, Capeville
- • Cape Charles Rescue Squad
- • Shore Bank, Onley ~ Exmore ~ Onley Headquarters & Chincoteague
All suspicious activity should be reported and anyone with information surrounding the fire is asked to call law enforcement. A $25,000 reward is still available for information leading to an arrest and conviction.
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