Stanley Crews Fight Large Mulch Blaze

Lack Of Water, Cold Conditions Hinder Responders

Posted: January 26, 2013

Firefighters spent several hours Thursday extinguishing a roughly 50-foot-high mulch fire at a farm just outside Stanley.
 
Fire Chief Terry Pettit said the Stanley Fire Department was dispatched shortly after 2:30 p.m. for the fire at 862 Diary Drive on the Hunts Run Farm, about five miles west of the town limits.
 
“This was probably one of the largest mulch fires I’ve had to deal with,” Pettit said.
 
Firefighters were able to protect a nearby barn from the flames.
 
Pettit said Shenandoah Waste Services stores and recycles mulch on the farm, where firefighters have worked several smaller fires in recent months. All the fires started by spontaneous combustion, he said.
 
Thursday’s fire was difficult to fight for several reasons, including the lack of a water source at the farm, the size of the blaze and the extremely cold weather conditions, Pettit said.
 
Firefighters, who were on the scene until roughly 6 p.m., had to draw water from the South fork of the Shenandoah River to help battle the blaze.
 
In addition to the SFD, firefighters from Shenandoah and Luray fire departments helped battle the blaze. The Stanley Rescue Squad and Page County EMS also responded to the fire, but no injuries were reported.    
 
Contact Pete DeLea at 574-6278 or pdelea@dnronline.com



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