Alma plant fire quickly extinguished; 340 shut down

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Photo submitted by Stanley Fire Chief Terry A. Pettit

ALMA, July 30 — Stanley Fire Chief Terry A. Pettit reported that the Stanley Fire Department was called at 4:08 p.m. for a fire at the Shenandoah Waste Service Facility located at 3426 U.S. Highway 340 Business West.

Chief Pettit stated that when firefighters arrived on the scene several large piles of recycled material were on fire. The fire was threatening a nearby building, along with power lines overhead. Firefighters were able to keep the building from burning, and Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative shut the power off to that portion of Page County until the fire was out.

To extinguish the fire, a hose line was stretched to the Alma Boat Landing next to the Shenandoah River about 2,500 feet away. Because of this Route 340 Business West was shut down for about three hours. Traffic was rerouted onto Wampler Drive.

Chief Pettit reported he did not have an estimate on damage at this time, but the recycled material did have a value. The fire started in a vehicle that was being crushed and quickly spread into a pile of material nearby.

Six units and 31 firefighters from the Stanley Fire Department responded to the call and were on the scene for nearly four hours. An engine and tanker from the Shenandoah Fire Department also assisted, along with a foam unit from Merck. 

Units from the Stanley Rescue Squad and Page County EMS also responded, but no injuries were reported.

Traffic was rerouted with the help of the Page County Sheriff’s Office and Virginia State Police. A representative from the Department of Emergency Management also responded to evaluate any runoff that occurred from the fire.

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