Blaze destroys greenhouse

12 years ago

Blaze destroys greenhouse

By Kathy McCarty

Staff Writer

    PRESQUE ISLE — A fire at a local greenhouse Sunday was contained to one structure, thanks to the quick response of firefighters with the Presque Isle Fire Department.

    “We responded around 12:27 a.m. May 13 to the report of a greenhouse fire at The King’s Gardener, located at 157 Johnson Road,” said Adam Rider, PIFD firefighter.

    Rider said one engine, two tankers and 16 personnel were on site for a couple hours, extinguishing the blaze and making sure no hot spots remained. No mutual aid was required.

    “Upon arrival, we found the structure fully involved. We did a quick knockdown of the fire, spent a couple hours extinguishing the flames. No other buildings were damaged,” said Rider.

    Firefighters were able to contain the blaze to a single building but were unable to determine a cause. The property is owned by Randy Martin. Rider said the structure was not insured and the loss is estimated at $10,000.

    No injuries were reported as the result of the fire.

    Rider said given recent weather conditions, damage could have been a lot worse.

    “It’s been quite windy recently. The wind cooperated that night, which enabled us to contain the fire to one structure. If the wind had picked up, other structures nearby would have been in danger,” said Rider.

    Despite the loss, The King’s Gardener is open for business, with a selection of trees, shrubs and other plants available.