NRV first responders extinguish Galax structure fire amid strong winds, heavy rainfall

New River Valley News

GALAX, Va. (WFXR) — First responders from around the New River Valley joined forces Saturday night to battle a structure fire despite the gusty winds and pouring rain.

According to the Galax Fire Department, crews were dispatched to a structure fire in the 2700 block of Crooked Creek Road shortly before 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 10.

When units arrived at the scene, they reportedly found a single-story structure fully involved in flames and driven by the wind.

Even though the single occupant was out of the residence, fire officials say they requested Virginia State Police and the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office to help with the occupant.

However, Galax firefighters were not alone as they battled this Saturday night blaze. The Galax Fire Department says the Hillsville Fire Department assisted with tankers and manpower, Pipers Gap Rescue Squad, Inc. acted as medical standby, and Fries Fire and Rescue manned the Galax firehouse in the meantime.

“Could not be more proud of all the first responders who worked straight through EXTREMELY heavy wind and driving rain to contain this fire,” the Galax Fire Department posted on Facebook overnight.

Fire officials say all units cleared in about an hour and a half, but the cause of the fire is still undetermined at this time.

Meanwhile, Virginia State Police placed the occupant in custody early into the firefight, according to the Galax Fire Department. WFXR News has reached out to Virginia State Police for more information about the occupant.

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