Carrollton VFD units Quint-10 and Engine-10 responded initially with subsequent responses by Rescue-10, Tanker-10 and Squad-10. First arriving unit at 0709 was Smithfield VFD Engine-51 reporting fire in the rear of the 3000 Sq. ft. building and all occupants out. SVFD Assistant Chief J. Hackney assumed incident command placing R. Barlow in charge of operations. SVFD units Engine-53, Heavy Rescue-50, Truck-50 and Support-50 arrived on scene in rapid succession. E-53 crew initiated an immediate fire attack in the rear of the building for quick suppression but were forced to transition to a defensive operation until local Dominion Power technicians could terminate electrical supply to the structure. Carrollton VFD E-10 crew assisted laying a five inch supply hose line from a hydrant on Main St. to E-53 behind the structure and Q-10 crew were assigned a defensive position on the "B" side of the structure while E-51 laid a second five inch supply line from a hydrant on Grace St. to Q-10. Power to the structure was secured at 0745 and SVFD crews resumed the fire attack at the rear entrance. With heavy smoke conditions prevailing, Carrollton and Smithfield VFD crews began ventilation operations before commencing an interior attack from the front of the structure. Chuckatuck and Rushmere VFDs were dispatched with E-9 and E-32 arriving at 0824 and 0848 respectively and both units immediately positioned for offensive operations in front of the building. Heavy interior fire conditions were reported at 0847 and all crews were ordered to temporarily exit the building.At 0855 fire suppression operations resumed from all front and rear entrances by all available Smithfield, Carrollton, Rushmere and Chuckatuck crews and "good progress" was reported by scene command at 0917. Engine 25 from Suffolk Station-5 on Rte. 17 backfilled Station-10 due to commitment of all Carrollton VFD fire units except Brush-10. Carrollton ambulance unit S-10A was repositioned to Station-60 to assist Isle of Wight Vol. Rescue Squad crews who not only provided rehab services on the fireground but responded to several other medical emergencies in their response district during the approximately eight hours that fire units were committed to the Hallwood fire. The fire was reported under control at 1024 and the incident commander ordered all crews into rehab to regroup for extended overhaul operations. Tankers 9 & 10, E-9 and all Rushmere units were cleared by 1346 and all other Carrollton units by 1439 with Smithfield units remaining on scene until 1510.