~ Press release issued by Stanley Fire Department
STANLEY, Oct. 17 — Stanley Fire Chief Terry A. Pettit reported that the Stanley Fire Department responded to a report of an explosion in the area of Phoebe Lane, two miles west of Stanley on Sunday at 11:33 a.m.
Chief Pettit stated that firefighters were directed to Conner Farms LLC at 150 Phoebe Lane. Upon arrival, firefighters found a barn that had been destroyed by an explosion.
Due to an odor of gas, Phoebe Lane was shut down to traffic and nearby residents was alerted. Pettit said that there was no fire and all the damage was from the result of the explosion. Once the gas was shut off, the area was secured and firefighters were able to approach the barn, where they found the body of Kevin Conner, 38 years old.
The scene was turned over to investigators with the Page County Sheriff’s Office and the Virginia State Police, which included members of the arson/bomb squad. They have determined that the explosion happened while Conner was working with a 120-gallon propane tank.
Firefighters remained on the scene for more than four hours, and no other injuries were reported. Six units and 33 firefighters from the Stanley Fire Department responded to the call. One unit from Page County EMS also responded along with the Page County Sheriff’s Dept., Virginia State Police and Virginia Dept. of Transportation.
It was reported that the blast was heard up to three miles away.
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