Blaze Destroys Stanley Barn
Chief: Fire Was Second To Strike Farm In Months
Posted: November 19, 2012
For the second time in less than six months, a Stanley farm has had one of its buildings destroyed by fire.
Stanley Fire Chief Terry Pettit said the Stanley Volunteer Fire Department responded to a shavings barn fire Friday at about 8:30 p.m.
The barn, owned by Ronnie Blosser, was located on the Hill Top Farm at 1502 Dovel Hollow Road.
Pettit said the barn was fully involved when firefighters arrived. The barn, along with a loader, four-wheeler, van and other farm-related machinery, was destroyed.
Damage was estimated at $125,000, according to Pettit, who added that Blosser does not have insurance on the barn.
On June 29, a shaving mill at the farm was destroyed by fire, causing more than $250,000 in damage. The building was not insured, but Blosser has rebuilt the mill since the fire.
Because of the intensity of Friday’s fire and the fuel it has in the large amount of wood shavings, Pettit said the fire will be allowed to burn itself out.
As of late Sunday night, Pettit said, the fire was still burning.
The Virginia Department of Forestry bulldozer and crew were brought in to set up a fire line around the blaze to keep it from spreading into nearby woods, said Pettit. Firefighters continue to monitor the blaze to make sure it does not jump the line.
Stanley firefighters were assisted at the scene by the Shenandoah and Luray fire departments.
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