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A recent “torching” at an RV dealership in Fort Pierce, Fla., has been connected to a series of 29 fires in the past two years along U.S. 1 on the state’s southeast Atlantic Coast.
According to the Palm Beach Post, three empty RVs were set on fire at Camper’s Connection RV, the latest incident in what authorities are now calling the work of a serial arsonist and the third at the dealership.
The first arson at Camper’s Connection was in November 2003 when four RVs were set on fire. In April 2004, two more campers were set ablaze.
On Friday (Dec. 17), authorities announced a $3,500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the arsonist.
The Post reported that seven other fires have been reported since March 31, 2003 on the same corner where Camper’s Connection is located.
Based on the relatively small region where the fires were set, the fact that no one has reported seeing anyone suspicious before the fires and that each fire happened at night, investigators think the arsonist lives close to the stretch of U.S. 1 and travels by bike or on foot.
“We strongly believe that once he is apprehended, a good number of business owners in the area are going to know who he is,” 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.
The fire at Camper’s Connection was one of the largest of the 29 blazes, 18 of which were in unincorporated pockets around Fort Pierce. Eleven were set inside city limits.
Investigators wouldn’t give specifics but said common chemicals have been used to fuel some of the fires.