Easter blaze destroys home; owner at church at time of fire; house, contents a total loss

Page News and Courier

RILEYVILLE, March 27 ― The American Red Cross is assisting a Page County man after an Easter morning blaze destroyed his home.

The Luray Volunteer Fire Department was called to 428 Steep Hollow Lane in Rileyville, about 11 miles north of Luray, at 9:04 a.m. Sunday, March 27, according to Luray Fire Chief Mark Lancaster. Firefighters arrived to find the house trailer, which included a side addition, as well as a two-story addition, fully involved.

The home was owned by James Alger, who was at church at the time of the blaze. Many of the first responders were also at church, said Lancaster, but left to answer the call.

It took 32 firefighters ― three of which were from Stanley ― about an hour and 40 minutes to bring the blaze under control. They remained at the scene for more than three hours.

The home and its contents are a total loss, and were not insured. Estimated damage is unknown, said Lancaster.

The cause of the fire is undetermined.

The Stanley Volunteer Fire Department, the Luray Volunteer Rescue Squad and the Page County Sheriff's Office also responded. Stanley additionally stood by the Luray station while firefighters battled the blaze.

No injuries were reported.

The American Red Cross is assisting Alger with temporary shelter.

This month President Barack Obama proclaimed March as Red Cross Month, a tradition begun by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1943. Each president since has designated March as a Red Cross observance month to recognize how the organization helps people throughout the nation and the world.

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