Blaze destroys $200,000 home in Roundhead subdivision, displaces two; cause unknown

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Susan Lane house fire 8_27_22

~ Report provided by the Stanley Volunteer Fire Department

STANLEY, Aug. 27 — Fire Chief Terry A. Pettit reported that the Stanley Fire Department responded to a structure fire involving a house at 152 Susan Lane in the Roundhead Mountain Subdivision at 10:17 p.m. on Saturday. The house was located in a mountainous area about 3 miles South of Stanley and is owned by John Barbee. 

Chief Pettit stated that the house was fully ablaze when firefighters arrived eight minutes later and is a total loss. He also noted that due to the remote area, there was a delay in anyone reporting the fire. Barbee and his son Jason were not at home at the time of the blaze. The Red Cross is assisting with temporary living arrangements for both. 

Estimated damage is around $200,000 and the home is insured. Cause of the fire is unknown at this time and the Page County Sheriff’s Department is assisting with the investigation. Due to the lack of water, supply tankers were called to assist and had to travel two miles into Stanley to refill off hydrants in town.

Six units and 29 firefighters from the Stanley Fire Department responded to the call and were assisted by a tanker and crew from the Luray and Shenandoah Fire Departments.

It took firefighters 30 minutes to bring the fire under control. They were on the scene for about four hours.

Two units from the Page Stanley Rescue Squad responded, but no injuries were reported.

The Shenandoah Fire Department also stood by at the Stanley Fire Department with an engine to answer other calls.  

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