Pittsylvania County Sheriff's Department is investigating a fire that occurred on Saturday night. At 1 p.m. a passerby reported to the Pittsylvania County 911 Center that a vehicle was on fire in the 2900 block of Grassland Drive in the Smith Mountain community. Upon arrival of fire and Sheriff’s personnel it was found that the fire was a piece of earth moving equipment. The equipment was located on the site of the Mountain Valley Pipeline construction right-of-way. The Caterpillar PL 87 sustained approximately $500,000 in damage.
Fire Marshall’s have concluded the fire was intentionally set. There were no injuries and no other equipment was damaged by the fire. The Pittsylvania County Sheriff’s Office is assisting the Fire Marshall in the investigation.
Anyone with information concerning this arson is asked to call the Pittsylvania County Sheriff’s Office. Callers may be eligible for a reward.