20-25 Greenhouses Destroyed in Fire
CAMDEN TWP., Ohio — Crews from at least 10 fire departments spent hours battling a massive blaze at the Green Circle Growers property in Camden Township Tuesday night.
Lorain County dispatchers said the fire was reported just before 6 p.m. and started in a pole barn filled with straw on the state Route 511 property near Oberlin.
Green Circle Growers is one of the largest greenhouse operations in the Midwest, according to its website. It supplies many big box stores like WalMart, Home Depot and Giant Eagle.
Conditions were brutal, with cold and fierce winds, but no injuries were reported.
“Battling the 35 mile per hour winds, gusts, trucks were freezing up,” said Chief Brian Jackson, Camden Township Fire Department. “It was just a total challenge.”
Firefighters planned to return to the scene on Wednesday morning to assess the damage and put out any hot spots.
Jackson said 20 to 25 greenhouses were destroyed.
“We were able to stop it from getting to the fertilizer,” said Jackson. “There was plastic burning from the visqueen that was on top of the greenhouses. That was where 99 percent of the black smoke was coming from. As far as any chemicals nothing was released.”
The cause of the fire isn’t yet clear, and firefighters are not releasing much information
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*Fox 8 viewer Angela Christian captured video of the fire. Watch it below this story.