Passerby Spots Fire at UT Greenhouse

A 40-year-old nursery business might have been a total loss if not for the actions of passers-by who sounded the alarm and firefighters who quickly doused a greenhouse blaze, supervisors said Thursday.gardens

Clinton Nursery and Country Store supervisors surveying the damage from the Wednesday night fire stated the flames heavily damaged 2 greenhouse structures, but 12 others got away unblemished. Passers-by saw smoke rising from the nursery about 8:25 p.m. Wednesday, and Clinton firemen’s had the fire out in about 20 minutes, Fire Chief David Olsen said.

Because the fire struck toward the rear of the nursery complex and power was lost only to that location, the nursery was open Thursday, relatively untouched aside from the smell of burned wood, metal, fiberglass and plant matter.

” We were lucky,” said Michele Howey, the nursery’s board president. “It might have cost us the entire facility.”

On Thursday, head grower Jed Diamond explained the blackened residues of a climate-controlled germination chamber– a modern seed incubator where the fire obviously began. The fire burned from there through a wall into a nearby greenhouse and damaged the roofs of both structures.

Howey pointed to a closed room about 20 feet from the germination chamber, saying it’s fortunate the fire didn’t get that far. “That’s the chemical shed,” she stated.

The fire department estimated damage at $100,000. Diamond said he thinks it may surpass $200,000. “There’s not a great deal of damage, but it’s expensive damage,” Diamond said, noting digital climate control equipment was destroyed when the germination chamber burned.

Olsen said the cause of the fire is undetermined and is under investigation.

“It was just a freak thing,” Howey said.

In the propagation house, Diamond plucked at charred metal and plastic from a tabletop. The table had actually been stacked with a new shipment of seeds. “There went $2,000,” he stated.

Diamond’s daddy began the nursery, at 1071 N. 2000 West, four years back. “I’ve been here since the day I was born,” he stated.

hbo90537---greenhouse-jpgHowey stated she likewise was thankful the fire did not reach the greenhouse just to the back of the germination house. There, the nursery grows season-long supplies of flowers that are acquired for beautification screens by Clinton and Coalville cities. The fire also will not slow the fruit and vegetables side of business, she stated, which features baskets of in your area grown and natural fruit and vegetables.

The nursery recently was offered to Dream field Farms, which has actually been participating in the nursery’s fruit and vegetables operation, Howey stated.Brett Hein added to this story.

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