Lightning suspected cause of garage fire that causes $250,000 in damages

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Garage fire 08_10_22

~ Report provided by Stanley Volunteer Fire Department

STANLEY, Aug. 10 — Fire Chief Terry A. Pettit reported that the Stanley Fire Department responded to a structure fire involving a garage at 3:50 p.m. Wednesday afternoon. The garage, owned by Ricky and Cam Lucas, was located at 406 Hawksbill Park Road, about three miles east of Stanley.

Chief Pettit stated that fire was coming from the entire roof area of the garage when firefighters arrived, and the probable cause is lightning. Pettit stated that “a storm has just passed through the area that had quite a lot of lighting with it.”

Pettit stated that the garage is a total loss, and the Lucas’s son, Ricky Lucas Jr., had several vehicles stored in the garage that were destroyed including a 2018 Chevrolet Silverado Pickup Truck, a 2022 side-by-side Ferris Mower, a four-wheeler and trailer, along with tools and antiques. Total estimated damage, including the building and its contents, is around $250,000. Both the building and its contents were insured.

Five units and 17 firefighters from the Stanley Fire Department responded to the call and were assisted by a tanker and crew from the Luray Fire Department. It took firefighters 30 minutes to bring the fire under control, and they were on the scene for about two hours.

A unit from the Page County EMS also responded, but no injuries were reported. The Page County Sheriff’s Office and Virginia State Police assisted with traffic control.

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