STANLEY, Va. — Stanley Volunteer Fire Department crews responded to a roof collapse on Sunday.
Stanley Fire Chief Terry Pettit said that at 12:31 p.m. Sunday, firefighters were dispatched to the former Seventh Day Adventist Church, located at 720 W. Main St. in Stanley.
Pettit said that when firefighters arrived, a large portion of the tin roof had blown off the church and was laying on West Main Street and in the intersection of Park Road.
According to Pettit, the church was built in the late 1880s, is only used occasionally, and was not occupied at the time of the incident. Damage was estimated to be several thousand dollars. The church, which is insured, is owned by Potomac Conference Corp.
A Page County building inspector was called to the scene, and after checking the structure, ruled it to be safe. A contractor secured the remaining portion of the roof and covered what had blown off.
Pettit said that while winds were not especially strong that day, a nearby resident reported they felt a strong burst at the time the roof was blown off. The Stanley Volunteer Fire Department (Company 24) obtained a video of the incident and has since shared it on their Facebook page.
Four units from the Stanley Fire Department and 28 members responded to the call and were on the scene for about an hour. One unit from the Page County EMS also responded along with units from the Page Sheriffs Department. and Stanley Police Department, who assisted with traffic control. There were no injuries.
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