Fire damages Independence Lumber Inc.

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By The Staff

Two buildings and a tractor trailer at Independence Lumber Inc. were badly damaged in a fire early Saturday morning.

Members of the Independence, Galax, Piney Creek (N.C.), Sparta (N.C.) and Elk Creek Volunteer Fire Departments were on the scene from approximately 3 a.m. until noon battling the destructive fire.

The Grayson County Sheriff's Department is investigating the cause of the fire, but it is not being investigated as a suspicious fire.

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

No estimate has been assessed for the cost of damages at this time.

The Declaration will post more details as they are available.