Two suspicious fires in less than a week at vacant Suffolk home

Posted at 6:43 AM, May 08, 2015
and last updated 2015-05-08 17:20:15-04

Suffolk, Va. (WTKR) - Firefighters in Suffolk are investigating two fires at a vacant home in less than one week.

The first happened on Saturday, May 2 at 1:49 a.m. at the home on Boat Street in the Saratoga neighborhood.

That fire caused damage to the back of the house.

Firefighters were again called to the same location on Thursday, May 7 around 11:02 p.m.

The second fire caused extensive damage to the exterior of the right side of the house.

Both fires are considered suspicious in nature, which has neighbors worried.

Barbara White has lived on Boat Street for 48 years.

Her home is directly next to the one that has now caught fire twice in less than a week.

"It’s just a fearful feeling because you just never know – you’re scared to go to bed, you’re scared to leave home. You just don’t know what you might come back to or what might happen while you’re asleep," she told NewsChannel 3's Todd Corillo Friday.

Suffolk firefighters are also investigating another suspicious vacant house fire on North 10th Street.

That fire happened shortly after midnight on Friday, May 1 in downtown Suffolk.

It caused heavy damage to the home.

Even though the Boat Street and North 10th Street fires both happened at vacant homes and both are considered suspicious, Suffolk officials say they do not believe they are related.

The Suffolk Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating the cause of all of the fires.