Galax Fire Department was alerted at 2031 on June 15, 2023, for a reported structure fire on Boxwood Lane. Arriving units found a single-wide mobile home with smoke and fire out the left side. The occupants were outside but indicated four pets were trapped. Command sent two in to search, two in for extinguishment and two out for RIT. Three of the four cats were quickly removed and given O2 by Pipers Gap Rescue Squad and GFD EMTs. The fourth cat was discovered in the fire room and did not survive. Overhaul ensued for an additional 45 minutes. At this point it was discovered that this family is part of our first responder family as the newest officer for the Galax Police Department, graduating from the academy earlier in the day. The two adults were displaced and lost many of their belongings. They are being assisted by the American Red Cross and local family.

– Photos courtesy of Galax FD