Press release from Hopewell Police Department
HOPEWELL, VA (WWBT) - On July 15, 2011 at approximately 1:07a.m., police and fire personnel responded to the intersection of Boston Street and Maryville Avenue for a report of a trashcan that had been purposely set ablaze.
The fire was subsequently extinguished causing approximately $100 in property damage and no personal injuries. While canvassing the immediate area, an officer discovered a 1998 Hyundai 4-door that had also sustained fire damage as a result of an apparent arson.
At the same time as the aforementioned events were unfolding, additional responding fire personnel located an additional trashcan fully ablaze in the roadway in the 2300 block of Dublin St. Fire personnel quickly contained and extinguished the fire which caused approximately $100 in property damage and no personal injuries.
At approximately 1:21 a.m. while conducting a canvass of the affected areas, an officer came upon an actively involved fire that had been set to a 1998 Honda 4-door in the 2100 block of Waverly St. The fire was subsequently extinguished by the officer and the vehicle sustained an as of yet determined amount of damage.
At approximately 2:45 a.m., police and fire personnel also responded to the 3200 block of Granby St. for a report of a suspicious vehicle fire. The active vehicle fire was subsequently extinguished by fire personnel and sustained an undetermined amount of damage.
Both The Hopewell Police Department's Criminal Investigations Division and The Hopewell Bureau of Fire are currently investigating the aforementioned incidents as acts of arson and are following-up on suspect leads.