Poultry house fire consumes 15,500 birds and causes $500K in estimated damages

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With the loss of 15,500 chickens and the poultry house, overall damages are being estimated at $500,000. (Photo by Terry Pettit)

~ Press release submitted by the Stanley Volunteer Fire Department

PINE GROVE, March 27 — Fire Chief Terry A. Pettit reported that the Stanley Fire Department was called at 4:04 a.m. on Monday for a poultry house fire on the Pine Grove Farm at 3660 Pine Grove Road about 4 miles southeast of Stanley.

Chief Pettit stated that when firefighters arrived the middle of the 42’ x 400’ building was on fire and spreading toward both ends. Pettit said firefighters did a great job in keeping the fire in that area, but also stated the poultry house suffered a lot of damage. 

The poultry house is owned by Gary Cubbage of Stanley, who grows for Shenandoah Valley Organic. The house contained 15,500 chickens, and if it is declared a total loss along with the lost of the chickens, estimated damage will be around $500,000

The exact cause of the fire is unknown at this time, but it did start in the area where the gas enters the building, according to Chief Pettit. The building was insured, and no injuries were reported.

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 Fire Department, who also had an engine stand by the Stanley station in case of other calls.

One unit from Page County EMS also responded along with units from the Page County Sheriff’s Dept.

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