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GVFD battle fires

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By April Wright, Reporter

A barn and storage building was found ablaze when the Galax Fire Department arrived early on the morning of March 28 to Hebron Road, said Fire Chief David Hankley.

On arrival, the department found a large barn on fire, containing tractors, boats, livestock trailers and other equipment.

The fire destroyed approximately half of the structure, owned by Verlin Gallimore, but the majority of the equipment was saved.

The fire appeared to start in an adjacent small utility building and spread to the larger facility.

The fire was reported by a passing motorist. Due to the suspicious nature of the fire, the Carroll County Sheriff's Department was asked to investigate.

Nearly 30 firefighters were on scene for approximately two hours.

At a second Carroll County fire on Sunday evening, one dog was killed and another was saved, according to Hankley.

This fire was at 415 Boxwood Lane, off Poplar Knob Road in Carroll County, a home owned and occupied by Jerry Davis.

When firefighters arrived, they found heavy smoke and fire coming from the back of the home.

The home received extensive heat and smoke damage. The fire appeared to start in the kitchen area and was contained to that room.

Twenty-three Galax firefighters were on scene for two hours.

Pipers Gap Rescue Squad treated and transported one female with minor burns to Twin County Regional Hospital.

The Galax Volunteer Fire Department requests that those who took pictures or videos of the fire that occurred at 217 S. Main St. in downtown Galax on March 19 submit them to the fire department via e-mail at this address: dhankley@galaxva.com.