~ Press release provided by Co. 24
STANLEY, April 21 — Fire Chief Terry A. Pettit reported that the Stanley Fire Department responded to a structure fire involving a house at 3:41 a.m. Thursday morning at 287 Little Roundhead Drive. The house set in a wooded area about one mile south of Stanley and had been abandoned for several years.
Chief Pettit stated that the wood frame, two-story house owned by Neil and Linda Fields of Danville, Kentucky was fully blaze when firefighters arrived. Chief Pettit explained that firefighters were hampered by the delay in reporting the fire and that 1,800 feet of hose had to be laid to reach a fire hydrant near the Masonite Door Company for water supply. The road leading to the home was too narrow for tankers.
Damage is estimated at $200,000, and the home is considered a total loss. Officials are attempting to reach the owners to obtain more information.
Pettit also stated the cause of the fire is unknown at this time, however, Page County Sheriff Office Investigators were interviewing a male subject who was discovered in a building at the scene and appeared to be homeless.
Chief Pettit reported that six units from the Stanley Fire Department and 24 members responded to the blaze and were on the scene for about four hours. Page County EMS also responded, but no injuries were reported. The Luray Fire Department stood by at the Stanley station with an engine to answer other calls.