Stanley firefighters extinguish blaze at Hunts Run Farm

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Photo by Terry Pettit

~ Press release issued by Stanley Volunteer Fire Department, Co. 24

STANLEY, April 27 — Fire Chief Terry A. Pettit reported that the Stanley Fire Department was called for a large fire involving wooden pallets and machinery at 8:16 p.m. on Tuesday evening at the Hunts Run Farm,  672 Dairy Drive about six miles northwest of Stanley.

Chief Pettit stated that when firefighters arrived a large pile of wooden pallets and discarded doors were ablaze and threatening a nearby building and fuel storage tank. A large grinder adjacent to the pile was also on fire and will be a total loss. The farm owned by Allen and Charles Burner produces large quantities of shavings for dairy farms and mulch for other uses. Firefighters were able to keep the building from burning and the fuel tank cool until the fire could be brought under control.

Chief Pettit advised that the fire started when a spark from the grinder ignited shavings and the estimated loss will be around $250,000. The machinery was insured.

Due to the high winds and the amount of combustible material stored nearby, additional tankers were called in to help extinguish the blaze. Water was shuttled from a pond three miles from the scene — but after two hours of flowing water and the fire still burning, it was decided to smother it with large amounts of dirt that was stockpiled nearby, which worked.

Pettit stated that the fire was monitored during the night to make sure it did not re-ignite. Six units and 25 firefighters from the Stanley Fire Department responded to the call and were on the scene until midnight. They were assisted by two tankers and two engines from the Luray and Shenandoah fire departments. The Page County EMS and a unit from the Stanley Rescue Squad also responded and no injuries were reported.

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