Fire Destroys Maintenance Building at Holden Arboretum

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KIRTLAND, Ohio—A building that housed a number of vehicles and tools used for the continual up-keep at The Holden Arboretum was destroyed in a fire Monday night.

Officials with the Lake County Sheriff’s Office said that firefighters first responded to the maintenance building fire on Sperry Road, at approximately 8:45 p.m.

According to its website, The Holden Aboretum is among the largest of its kind in the country. It sits on 3,600 acres and is a self-described “haven” for bird watchers, hikers and gardeners.

Dave Disimone with the arboretum tells Fox 8 News that the building destroyed was extremely important in the day-to-day operations of the facility.

“A lot of equipment was stored there. Snowplows, a lot of trucks,” said Didimone. “This was kind of the brain center, if you will, for the organization in terms of all the equipment that keeps this place looking beautiful and tools that the staff uses. A lot of it was located here.”

Disimone added that had the fire spread the situation could have gotten much more dangerous.

A building next door to the maintenance building housed different hazardous chemicals.

Officials with the Kirtland Fire Department say the fire was under control at around 10:30 p.m. It was not immediately clear what caused the fire.

( Reporter Lindsay Buckingham contributed to this report)

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