Stanley barn a total loss in fire

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STANLEY, Va. (WHSV) — Firefighters were able to save two poultry houses from a barn fire in Stanley on Tuesday, but the barn itself was totally lost.

Photo provided to WHSV by Stanley Fire Department

According to Stanley Fire Chief Terry A. Pettit, the Stanley Fire Department was called for a litter shed barn fire at 3:47 p.m. Tuesday, located at the Stonewall Farm, 1373 Goodrich Road about two miles north of Stanley.

Chief Pettit stated that the barn was used for the storage of farm equipment and poultry litter and was already fully aflame by the time firefighters arrived. It's considered a total loss, with $50,000 of estimated damage.

The farm is owned by Jerry Foltz, of Stanley. Foltz, along with two farm hands, was reportedly able to move two tractors and two vehicles away from the building to keep them from burning. Firefighters were then able to keep the flames from spreading to two nearby poultry houses.

Water had to be shuttled to the scene by tankers from a fire hydrant located about ½ mile at the intersection of Gray Drive and Aylor Grubbs Avenue, but the fire was under control in about 30 minutes.

Firefighters remained on the scene about three hours to make sure the fire was out.

Mr. Foltz stated that the 42’ x 64’ building is insured and Chief Pettit said the fire appeared to have started near a wall mounted electrical panel but the investigation is continuing.

Smoke could be seen from seven miles around.

Chief Pettit stated that six units and twenty-three firefighters from the Stanley Fire Department responded to the call and were assisted by a tanker from the Luray Fire Department. The Stanley Rescue Squad and Page County EMS also responded but no injuries were reported. The Shenandoah Fire Department stood by the Stanley station and was called to a grass fire on Chapel Road while there. The Stanley Police Department assisted with traffic control.