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Firefighters were called to a recreational vehicle dealership in Fort Pierce, Fla., Saturday (Jan. 8), the fourth time in two years the retailer has been the victim of what authorities have termed the work of a serial arsonist.
According to the Fort Pierce Tribune, no one was injured as eight RVs were set on fire at Camper’s Connection. The fires have been connected to a series of 30 “suspicious blazes” in the past two years along U.S. 1 on the state’s southeast Atlantic Coast.
The dealership reported heavy damage to six RVs that exceeded $200,000, making it one of the costliest in the alleged arson attempts.
“This is an arson and is definitely connected to the previous fires at this location,” said Capt. Nate Spera, spokesman for the St. Lucie County Fire District, which is investigating the fires with the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office, Fort Pierce Police Department and the state Fire Marshall’s Office.
Camper’s Connection was first victimized by an intentional fire in November of 2003. The most recent arson attempt before Saturday’s fire was on Dec. 15.
At that time, Spera said, “We strongly believe that once he is apprehended, a good number of business owners in the area are going to know who he is.”