Fire damages Independence Lumber

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By Patrick Smith

INDEPENDENCE — One of the buildings at Independence Lumber Inc. was badly damaged in a fire early Saturday morning.

Independence and Galax Volunteer Fire Departments, along with others, were on the scene to battle the fire.

The damaged building impacts about 125 of the 300 employees at the company. Independence Lumber plans to lay off 25 workers temporarily until repairs are made.

An investigation of the fire's cause is reportedly going on today. It is not being investigated as a suspicious fire.

We will have more information when it becomes available.