~ Press release provided by Stanley Volunteer Fire Department
STANLEY, Sept. 12 — Fire Chief Terry A. Pettit reported that the Stanley Fire Department was called to a house fire at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday at 135 Hill Climb Rd., about seven miles west of Stanley off US Hwy 340.
Chief Pettit stated that when firefighters arrived, fire was coming out of the roof of the single-story house. Estimated damage is around $150,000, according to Pettit, and the structure is considered a total loss. The home is insured.
The home is owned by 81-year-old Earl Junior Kibler, who suffered burns to his arms and hands, along with smoke inhalation, while escaping the blaze. Kibler, the only occupant of the house, was treated by EMS and flown from the scene to a burn unit in Washington, D.C.
The exact cause of the fire is unknown currently, but it appears it may have started around an air conditioning unit in the kitchen area. The investigation is continuing.
Pettit said six units and 16 firefighters from the Stanley Fire Department responded to the call, and it took about 30 minutes to bring the fire under control. Firefighters remained on the scene for three hours to make sure the fire was out.
The department was assisted by a tanker from the Luray Volunteer Fire Department. Luray also had an engine stand by at the Stanley station in case of other calls. The Shenandoah Volunteer Fire Department also assisted with an engine, and two units from Page County EMS responded as well. The Page County Sheriff’s Office assisted with traffic control on US Hwy 340 and the Red Cross is assisting Mr. Kibler.
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