Edwards Virginia Smokehouse, Surry, Virginia, suffered a catastrophic fire yesterday afternoon, ceasing all business operations until further notice. Thanks to the efforts of first responders from the surrounding areas, no one was injured.
Edwards, a member of AAMP since 1987, posted this notice on its website Tuesday:
“Due to a tragic fire, we will be closed for an undetermined amount of time. We’d like to thank the community for supporting us and local first responders for their heroic work. We’re eternally grateful everyone here is safe. Thank you all for your continued support and prayers.”
AAMP Executive Director Chris Young said, “AAMP has personally reached out to the Edwards family and offered support. The smokehouse will remain closed until further notice; however, going forward, we ask that fellow AAMP members keep them in mind for their future needs when they begin to rebuild.”
The family-owned business has been in operation for over 75 years and are one of the biggest employers in rural Surry County, Virginia. Edwards has about 50 workers, including those at the company’s two retail stores — one next the smokehouse in Surry, the other across the James River in Williamsburg. About 20 workers were employed at the smokehouse.
The Edwards family will be working closely with investigators to determine the cause of the fire, which is unknown at this time.