Authorities Arrest 74-year-old ‘Serial Arsonist’ in Alexandria


The Alexandria Fire Department (AFD) and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) said Thursday the two agencies have executed an arrest and search warrants for Shirley Ann Vigneau, 74, who is a resident of the Stratford Building, also known as part of the Southern Towers complex, located at 4901 Seminary Road in Alexandria. Vigneau reportedly lives in the complex.

Officials said Vigneau is suspected of being a serial arsonist connected with more than two dozen incidents believed to be arson-related in the area in and around the complex.

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[…] Alexandria Fire Department Assistant Fire Marshal Andrea Buchanan has been awarded the 2015 Investigator of the year award from the International Association of Fire Investigators (IAAI). The Investigator of the Year Award is given to an individual who has shown outstanding achievement through the use of professional expertise in both the criminal and civil fields of arson control. The IAAI received nominations from 43 countries, and selected AFM Buchanan for her work on the Southern Towers serial arsonist case. […]