Fire at former Ogle’s Restaurant still under investigation

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Responding firefighters battled flames on the building’s second floor

By The Staff

INDEPENDENCE — The Independence Volunteer Fire Department responded to a structure fire in the former Ogle’s Restaurant building Saturday.
According to a report from the fire department, the department arrived at the building on South Independence Avenue Saturday night at 11:47 p.m. At the scene, firefighters discovered flames coming out of two windows on the second floor of the building.
“Crews performed an aggressive interior attack [on the fire] and [were] able to keep the fire on one side of the building,” said the report.
Independence firefighters received assistance on scene from the Galax Volunteer Fire Department and the Independence Rescue Squad.
The incident is still under investigation, and the cause of the fire was undetermined on Monday, Fire Chief Gary Hash said in an interview with the Declaration.
Independence Police Chief James Wagoner, who is investigating the fire, confirmed Monday that the second floor served as an apartment building, and that the tenant — whose name was unavailable at press time — was at work at the time of the fire.
The building is owned by Tony Flippen, according to Wagoner.
The police chief confirmed severe damage to the inside of the building at its contents. “The fire ruined everything they had,” he said.