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Last week it was blizzard damage in the Northeast, this week it’s a fire in
Workers at Green Circle Growers, located just west of
Scott said the fire destroyed a 1-acre production barn and about 5 acres of greenhouse at their Plant 1 facility, which they used primarily for bedding plant production. The range is—or I should say was—a mix of glass and poly houses. “We’re still evaluating damage to see what level of repair or replacement will be necessary,” Scott says.
As for crop losses, they lost a “limited amount” of plugs, plus some finished material and foliage plants.
In a winter greenhouse fire, the real devastation often occurs when plants in unaffected houses freeze after utilities (heat and/or electricity) get cut. I asked Scott if and how they were able to protect adjacent ranges.
“We did have issues with power loss,” he answered. “We had to run a lot on manual for much of the facility. But support of Priva (their environmental control company), together with Green Circle employees who worked through the night, kept us right where we needed to be throughout the remainder of the facility.”
Preliminary reports say the fire started in a mound of hay bales. A fire department spokesman on the scene speculated that it could have been spontaneous combustion, but added they were doing a preliminary investigation.
David Van Wingerden told me in a separate email that offers of help have come from industry folks all over. In fact, I had forwarded him one from a