GALAX, Va. (WFXR) — After crews from Galax and Carroll County spent Thursday evening battling a structure fire encompassing an outbuilding, a vehicle, and a residence, a family of six ended up displaced.
According to the Galax Fire Department, at 6:02 p.m. on Thursday, April 8, units were notified of a structure fire at the intersection of Pear Tree Court and Pipers Gap Road. However, at 6:05 p.m., word came in of a vehicle fire at the intersection of Cliffview Road and Fries Road.
Due to the simultaneous emergencies, the department says nine personnel responded to the structure fire while seven personnel headed to the vehicle made and quickly extinguished the fully-involved pickup truck.
However, when units arrived at the scene of the structure fire, units found an outbuilding fully involved in flames, which already spread to a vehicle and the residence.
First responders quickly got to work containing the fire until mutual aid arrived from the Hillsville Fire Department, the Pipers Gap Rescue Squad, additional Galax crews, and the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office.
Fire officials say AEP also responded amid the emergency traffic because of a downed line that was threatening firefighters.
“Without their rapid response, the structure would have been lost,” the Galax Fire Department posted on Facebook on Thursday.
In fact, according to Pipers Gap Rescue Squad, Inc., Response 71 was responding to a medical call with Rescue 73 on Thursday, but firefighter/paramedic Dennis Newman — who was operating Response 71 — located a structure fire and stopped to check on it.
The rescue squad says Newman was able to get the occupants out of the home, along with some animals, with no serious injuries. Meanwhile, Rescue 73 was reportedly able to handle the medical call and return to the scene of the fire to help Response 71.
Thank you Dennis Newman for you’re quick action for the community,” Pipers Gap Rescue Squad, Inc. posted on Facebook Thursday. “Thank you to Galax Fire Department, Hillsville Fire Department, Twin County E-911 for all their help.”
Overhaul efforts and the complete extinguishment of the fire was not only labor intensive, but the Galax Fire Department says it took an extra hour.
Even though first responders saved the structure, fire officials says the family of six was displaced. However, the American Red Cross is reportedly helping the family.