Sheriff’s Office investigating blaze that claimed Skyline Lakes cabin Wednesday night

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Downey fire

~ Report issued by the Stanley Volunteer Fire Department

STANLEY, July 14 — Fire Chief Terry A. Pettit reported that the Stanley Fire Department responded to a structure fire involving a cabin at 10:18 p.m. Wednesday night at  220 Park Circle Road, eight miles south of Stanley in the Skyline Lakes Subdivision.

The subdivision sits adjacent to the Shenandoah National Park and is made up of numerous cabins and homes built on very steep hillsides. Chief Pettit reported that the cabin was fully ablaze when firefighters arrived, and the department had to use their four-wheel-drive engines to reach the site. Water was shuttled from the Big Meadows facility on the Skyline Drive, which was only a few miles away. 

The cabin is a total loss and estimated damage is around $150,000.

The cabin was owned by Scott Downey of Elkton and was only for personal use. The cabin was vacant at the time of the fire and is insured. No injuries were reported.

The cause of the blaze is unknown at this time, and the Page County Sheriff’s Office is assisting with the investigation. 

Six units from the Stanley Fire Department and 26 members responded to the call and were on the scene for three hours. Page County EMS also responded, and the Luray Fire Department stood by the Stanley station with engine.   

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