~ PVN staff report
DOVEL HOLLOW, April 10 — A fire that started in an outbuilding in the 2100 block of Dovel Hollow Road near Stanley on Monday evening spread into the surrounding woods and consumed about 50 acres before firefighters got it under control.
Dovel Hollow Road was shut down for several hours after the Stanley Volunteer Fire Department received a call at 6:24 p.m. on April 10 about the fire. The outbuilding was engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived, as the blaze began spreading into adjacent woods. Although the incident is still under investigation, the fire seems to have started near a generator inside the outbuilding that was supplying electricity to an adjacent trailer, according to Stanley Fire Chief Terry Pettit.
Local firefighters attempted to contain the fire until Virginia Department of Forestry personnel joined the fight. The focus for local volunteers then shifted to protecting nearby structures and private property.
Chief Pettit confirmed that no other structures, other than the outbuilding, were damaged by the fire, and there were no injuries from the incident.
Volunteers from both Luray and Shenandoah fire departments also responded to the scene, as well as a unit from Warren County. Shenandoah provided a tanker for water supply, UTV for exposure protection, and a brush truck with a crew of six to assist with fire containment. Virginia State Police and the Page County Sheriff’s Office helped with traffic control and support.
Stanley firefighters were on the scene until 6:30 a.m. Tuesday morning. On Tuesday afternoon, Stanley’s Company 24 issued the following notice on Facebook:
“Fire will be burning for the next few days. Smoke will be visible in several areas across the valley. Virginia Department of Forestry is on location and will remain on location until the fire is out. Dovel Hollow Road is reopen — use caution if you travel through the area as VDF is still on location.”
Follow Co. 24 on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/SVFD24