Man charged with Chuckatuck arsons

Published 9:42 pm Thursday, April 25, 2013

The Suffolk Fire Marshal’s office has charged a 27-year-old Chuckatuck man in connection with a series of suspicious fires in the village during the past four months.

Timothy Updike of the 6000 block of Meadowlot Lane has been arrested and charged with three counts of arson and one count of threatening to burn, according to Suffolk spokeswoman Diana Klink.



The charges stemmed from an investigation into a series of fires in the community since October — one on Jan. 18 in the 140 block of Kings Highway, one on Jan. 27 in the 6000 block of Meadowlot Lane and one on April 14 in the 120 block of Evergreen Lane. A fourth fire, which occurred Oct. 7 in the 6000 block of Meadowlot Lane, remains under investigation, according to a news release from Klink’s office.

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The fires burned accessory buildings such as sheds and garages. The October fire burned a former corncrib converted into a house.

All the fires began after dark on a weekend, and all involved buildings that could be accessed along the back property lines, out of sight of the homes.

Public assistance proved vital to the arrest by the Fire Marshal’s office, Klink stated, adding that “various local, state and federal agencies were also involved and were crucial in the investigation of these cases.”

Updike is being held without bond at the Western Tidewater Regional Jail.