Stanley Fire Chief Terry A. Pettit reported that Stanley firefighters responded to a house fire Friday at 11:21 a.m. The two story wood frame house was located at 1271 Dovel Hollow Road about five miles southwest of Stanley. A nearby farmer reported the fire.
Pettit reported that fire was showing from the front door area when firefighters arrived and it was quickly spreading up into the second floor.
Firefighters were hampered in their effort to put the fire out when the stairs leading to the second floor collapsed. Even though the house had been remodeled, it was more than 100 years old and still had wood ceilings, which added to the fire load.
Pettit says that it took more than two hours for the 20 firefighters and six units from the Stanley Fire Department to bring the blaze under control and crews remained on the scene another two hours to make sure that the fire was out.
They were assisted by a ladder truck and crew from the Luray Fire Department and a tanker from the Shenandoah Fire Department. Luray also had an engine standing by in the Stanley station and the Stanley Rescue Squad had one unit on the scene but no injuries were reported.
Glen and Terri Comer lived in the house with their two daughters, but nobody was at home at the time of the fire. The house was a total loss, with damage estimates around $300,000. The Comers will be staying with relatives.
The cause of the blaze is undetermined and is be investigated by Page County Sheriff's Department.