~ Press release provided by the Stanley Fire Department, Co. 24
STANLEY, May 13 — Fire Chief Terry A. Pettit reported that the Stanley Fire Department was called to a house fire at 12:53 p.m. on Thursday at 4833 Mill Creek Road, three miles north of Stanley.
Chief Pettit stated that when firefighters arrived the one and one-half, wood-frame house was fully ablaze and will be a total loss. Brian Robbins lived at the residence and was able to escape the fire with his dog. Robbins’ mother, Vickie Settle of Carson, Va., owned the house, and it was not insured.
Chief Pettit stated the investigation is still on-going, but the probable cause is a spark from a nearby burning brush pile ignited an outbuilding adjacent to the house. It then spread quickly onto the back of the house. Estimated damage is around $50,000. Robbins’ family is assisting him with making arrangements to live elsewhere.
Five Stanley Fire Department units and 17 firefighters responded to the call and were on the scene for nearly four hours. They were also assisted by a tanker and crew from the Luray Fire Department and one unit from Page County EMS. The Page County Sheriff’s Office assisted with shutting down Mill Creek Road the entire time.
No injuries were reported.