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LOUISA COUNTY, Va. (WTVR) -- A pastor and his wife were left homeless Thursday after a fire tore through their home, leaving nothing behind but ashes.

The roar of the fire rocked Pastor George Hunley's world, right down to the charred foundation. "I’m thankful to God that everyone is OK,” he said. “People can't be replaced.”

The pastor and his wife say they're a couple of years from having an empty nest. They never imagined they'd have to build a new one, because of a mishap with a turkey fryer.

Louisa fire

"I feel responsible for what's happened,” Hunley said. “But I don't know how it happened."

The pastor says he left the turkey fryer on and went to do some work in his shed. Ten minutes later he heard a loud bang, and then found his house engulfed in flames which shot above the trees.

"The flames were over the house,” he said. “I couldn't get around it. It literally melted the lights off the back of my minivan. I had to run up the road to call 9-1-1."

The fire spread to the woods, scorching six acres of land.

Hunley's family has owned 65-plus acres here for more than 150 years. His wife says they will rebuild the house and rebound emotionally. "I’ve been crying all day. It's just devastating," Christie Hunley said.

From those ashes though, rises Hunley's resilient and faithful outlook on life. "We certainly are obeying, praying and trusting,” said Hunley. “But I'm not a slogan. I'm a man in a dirty shirt because my house burned down."

That dirty shirt, is all he has left to wear for now.

But that won't stop him from raising his hand to a higher power, one he says saved him from the destruction here on the ground.

Will he be in the pulpit Sunday?

“You bet I will,” Hunley said. “I don't know what I'll wear, but I'll be there."


  • Joe

    The faults:

    -If the cooking pot is overfilled with oil, the oil may spill out of the unit when the turkey is placed into the cooking pot. Oil may hit the burner or flames, causing a fire to engulf the entire unit.

    -Partially frozen turkeys placed into the fryer can cause a spillover effect. This too may result in an extensive fire.

    -With no thermostat controls, the units also have the potential to overheat the oil to the point of combustion.

    As tragic as it is to lose one’s home, sadly, this guy’s neglect caused this situation.

  • whitehorse

    You reap what you sow! I bet John, Minnie, Lois, Beatty, Myrtle, Alma and Elvin are laughing in their graves right now. The Land Thieves are getting their punishment from God! Y’all wanted that house and family land, but what have you got now? A burned mess. I hope you enjoy it! I don’t feel a bit sorry for you bunch of thieves! Be sure God don’t like ugly!

    • JAv

      What a sad person you are. Un-forgiveness is just as ugly as any other sin and as you said God does not like ugly. Really sad the way you are ranting against someone the way you are doing. Life has ups and downs and when you are down that’s not the time to point fingers, and it most certainly is not love. Why even mention God in the same breath, if all you spew out is venom and obviously hatred for someone in this way?

  • KiloLee

    When I have an emergency situation, I too will have a one-side conversation with my imaginary friend. I’m sure it will help…. somehow.

  • 2cool

    I hope they expose you for the joke you really are. You can only hide from the truth, but for so long….

  • JulieG

    See message above. It applies to both of your messages. If you continue to post lies in a public forum, I may have to consider taking appropriate measures. unfounded slander is not something the courts condone.

    • JulieG

      I’m not playing that game. Only a few people use the nicknames you used and only one would reference the time you referenced. I know who you are, and you know who I am. Cease and desist with the unfounded lies, accusations, and SLANDER.

    • George H. Hunley II

      Helen, please contact me.
      I really have looked for you all for a long time, every time I spoke with Duckie or Martha, I asked if they knew where you were at.
      I would love to reconnect with ya’ll again, I am not as you imagine me to be at all.
      My cell number is: (540) 205-9509…

    • MahaleyJ

      Slander and Libel are not covered under Freedom of Speech. Defamation of character is cruel and immoral. In order to allow all innocent people to live lives free from being convicted in the court of public opinion for crimes they did not commit, false accusations and falsely slandering one or more people is not permitted.

      • GH

        Who died and appointed you GOD of this public forum…it is what it is. If someone gets angry at some of the post. Then they need to stop reading them. Truth sometimes hurts…no matter what the situation.

  • JulieG

    Changing your name or spelling it different than I did doesn’t make you dead. This is the last I will say anything to you, but I’ll continue to watch for your lies and slander. Then, I’ll talk to the appropriate people. I know both of you have last names that start with D. To protect your identity I won’t spell them out here, but I know perfectly well how to spell them when I generate the appropriate paperwork for delivery to your doorsteps. So, this is the last time I’m going to tell you to stop with the lying accusations.


    Julie G
    I learned of all this when I saw it on fb a moments ago. I have better things to do. Like care for my sons with Autism. REALLY YOU NEED TO GET OVER YOURSELF, I DON’T GET A RATS BEHIND ABOUT ANY OF Y’ALL!!!!!!!

    • JulieG

      Nice try. You are not a Facebook Friend of any of ours, and this is not posted on Facebook. That’s some trick then… seeing it on Facebook. That’s some trick, in deed.

      • ladibugmomof3plus2

        Wtvr cbs6 facebook page is open to the public. I don’t have to be your friend to see their post.

  • ladibugmomof3plus2

    @lolstupid thanks.

    @Julie G

    Go ahead you have no proof I said anything until I commented above. REALLY YOU NEED TO GET A LIFE!!!!!!!

  • George H. Hunley II

    You are Linda, my cousin, whom I have always loved and defended when there was noone else who believed. I still loved you, I miss you, I have searching for you for the past 5 years. If I ever offeneded you or anyone else, I am truly sorry.
    I am thankful for all of my family, my wife and children are everything to me. I am so thankful that God spared us all & I say to him as Lot did: “Naked did I come into the world, naked I shall leave…The Lord givet & the lord taketh away – Blessed be the name of the Lord”
    Please contact me Linda, I miss you very much…

    • George H. Hunley II

      Dear friends and charitable strangers, thank you so much to all of you for your calls, your generosity and your prayers and support. I can’t tell you what it has meant to us that you would reach out to us the way you have.
      God bless you all…
      Rev. George H. Hunley II

  • ladibugmomof3plus2

    You didn’t look too hard. I just can’t believe that for 20 yrs none of y’all acted like cared about us at all & now in a public forum y’all want to act like a loving family. REALLY!!!!

  • Abe Goldfish

    After reading some of the post on this story I realize what an odd little town you all live in … Is there something in the water that doesnt let you stay on topic?

    • JAv

      Some of the comments on this post are even more sadder than the story itself. Wow. Cold, calculated and outright mean.

  • GH

    Hell of a way to get a new home….and of course attention at the same time…and please don’t show up in pulpit in that dirty shirt… anyone who really knows you, Knows what you are up too…just an opinion

  • sprt2008

    You are a sad and obviously miserable individual gaining pleasure from another’s misfortune. Don’t think you’re fooling anyone by quoting the Bible. The hatred in your heart and in your words show with glaring clarity. Hide behind the words all you want, but God knows what is truly in your heart and like you said ” God doesn’t like ugly.” (

  • GH

    stop already with all the religious back and forth…the fact remains this dummy did this to himself! how careless can you be to leave a turkey in the fry pot and walk away knowing very well what could happen. This stuff has been all over the news for years. Now who is the fried turkey???

  • Angel

    What an idiot. Anyone can see that it was his own mistake that caused this tragedy. By doing all this god talk he is implying that it was nobody’s fault and perhaps that god should have controlled it. Way to remain ignorant and not learn from your mistakes- blame it on an imaginary being called “god” and refuse to disect what ACTUALLY happened! I know I know this guy is saying thanks god they are all alive- but they would all be in a nice non-burnt home if this guy had not made the idiotic mistake of leaving a frying turkey unattended! Rather than praising an imaginary god, he should learn from a very big mistake. This was NOT mere fate or a chance happening. This was HIS DOING pure and simple. In fact, maybe he ought to be charged for endangering the lives of his family by his stupid neglect!

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