People around the county shared their sympathy Tuesday for Dean Barley and his family who lost their home in a major fire Tuesday afternoon.
According to reports, the fire drew over a dozen fire departments from both Stokes and Surry counties to battle the blaze, but fire fighters had difficulties fighting the fire due to a lack of readily available water which was exacerbated by recent chilly temperatures.
“There were no injuries and all occupants made it out safely,” said Stokes County Fire Marshal Brian Booe. He said Double Creek, Sauratown Westfield, the Fie Marshall’s Office and Stokes County EMS were the first units dispatched to the fire at 1573 Vinyard Rd. “We did encounter some water supply issues with frozen ponds and we called for additional fire departments to bring tankers and manpower.”
Authorities believe the fire started around 12:15 p.m. in the basement of the home, according to reports. Booe said the structure was a complete loss, noting that crews did not clear the scene until 5:15 p.m..
Barley’s house, located on Vineyard Road was well known and loved in the community.
It was also used as part of Barley’s Vineyard Camp and Conference Center, a Christian oriented camp in the Westfield community.
“The Vineyard is a culmination of many years of dreaming, praying and planning,” Barley says on his website describing the camp. “For over thirty years, I have attempted to bring all that is wholesome and praiseworthy to The Vineyard. Every aspect of The Vineyard is dedicated to that dream: quality and excellence for children of all backgrounds.”
Friends and neighbors quickly took to Facebook asking for prayers and asking how to donate to start to replace every thing that was lost in the blaze.
Booe noted that the American Red Cross provided rehab for the first responders.
Nicholas Elmes may be reached at 336-591-8191 or on Twitter @NicholasElmes.