~ Press release submitted by the Stanley Volunteer Fire Department
STANLEY, March 19 — Fire Chief Terry A. Pettit reported that the Stanley Fire Department was called at 12:31 p.m. on Sunday for a roof collapse at the former Seventh Day Adventist Church on 720 West Main Street. When firefighters arrived a large portion of the tin roof had blown off the church and it was lying in potions of West Main Street and the intersection of Park Road.
Chief Pettit stated that the Church, which was built in the late 1880s, was not occupied and is only used occasionally. Potomac Conference Corp. owns the building and estimated damage will be several thousand dollars. The site is insured and a Page County building inspector was called to the scene to check the structure of the building, which was found to be safe. A contractor was also called to secure the remaining portion of the roof and cover what had blown off.
Chief Pettit also stated that even though winds were not real strong on Sunday, a nearby resident reported that they felt a strong burst at the time the roof was blown off. It was fortunate that no one was walking or driving by at the time it happened, the fire chief said.
Four units from the Stanley Fire Department and 28 members responded to the call and were on the scene about an hour. One unit from the Page County EMS also responded along with units from the Page Sheriffs Office. and Stanley Police Department, who assisted with traffic control.
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