First responders rescue family dog while battling Grayson County house fire Wednesday

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(Photo: Courtesy Independence Volunteer Fire Department)

(Photo: Courtesy Independence Volunteer Fire Department)

GRAYSON COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — Fire and rescue crews from Galax and Grayson County teamed up on Wednesday to extinguish a house fire and rescue a family pet in Independence.

According to the Galax Fire Department, crews from Independence and from Galax were dispatched shortly before 5:15 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 2, for a structure fire at 1658 Pleasant Grove.

When units arrived on scene, fire officials say they found fire at the front door and smoke showing from a single-story, wood-frame home.

All occupants were reportedly accounted for, but the family dog was trapped inside the house.

Galax Fire Department says Independence crews made entry and quickly contained the fire while members of both departments teamed up to track down the missing pet.

Fortunately, first responders found the dog and brought it outside to the Independence Volunteer Rescue Squad for oxygen treatment and recovery.

According to fire officials, the canine — who the Galax Fire Department says is, “ironically named ‘Boots'” — was brought to the Healing Springs Animal Hospital and is in good condition.

Meanwhile, additional units used ladders to access the roof and finish extinguishing the fire in the attic. Even though the home was saved, the Galax Fire Department says it suffered extensive damage.

Galax fire officials say crews spent an extra hour handling overhaul before clearing the scene of the fire by 6:45 p.m.

“A big thank you to Galax Fire and Independence Rescue Squad for responding with us. Also responding was the Virginia State Police,” the Independence Volunteer Fire Department wrote on Facebook Wednesday. “Great team work by all involved tonight. Please keep this family in your prayers.”

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