SVFD respond to a major house fire before battling the brush fires

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Before helping with all the recent wildfires in the region, the Stanley Volunteer Fire Department (SVFD) reports responding to major house fire on March 20 around 8 a.m.

The homeowner Pamela Hanson could not escape the fire through the front door because of the amount of smoke.

She climbed out an upstairs window with one of her dogs onto the porch roof.

Neighbor Carlton Shifflet heard her cries for help and was able to assist Hanson down off the roof.

Hanson was transported to Rockingham Memorial and treated for smoke inhalation and released.

Unfortunately, a dog and two cats perished in the fire.

Fire Chief Terry A. Pettit credited Shifflett and smoke alarms for saving Hanson’s life.

The home is a total loss sustaining around $300,000 in damage.

Fire units from Luray assisted in the call along with Page County Sheriff’s Office and the Virginia Department of Forestry.

Because of the high winds and the home being in a heavily wooded area the remains of the house and surrounding area were covered in foam.

Hanson is staying with friends and firefighters remained on the scene for nearly 4 hours.