November 29, 2014

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More than 100 firefighters from 12 departments battled Green Circle Growers fire

CAMDEN TWP — More than 100 firefighters from 12 departments battled a blaze at Green Circle Growers last night that damaged 25 greenhouses.

Fire Chief Brian Jackson said the fire also destroyed a back barn, loading dock and offices inside the building.

Jackson said the business owners live on the property, but their home was not damaged. Cattle on the property managed to escape as well, and no one was hurt.

Still, the fire proved challenging for firefighters who fought 35 mph winds and cold to extinguish the blaze.

Firefighters were called out to the scene at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, and the fire was put out around 6 a.m. today, according to Jackson, who added that firefighters were just arriving back at the station at 11:30 a.m.

Jackson said investigators have not determined how the fire was started, but it appeared to originate in a back area containing hay. He does not believe the fire is suspicious.

Green Circle Growers is one of the largest greenhouse operations in the Midwest and provides plants to area big box stores and supermarkets, such as Home Depot and Wal-Mart, according to the company’s website.

Contact Chelsea Miller at 329-7123 or cmiller@chroniclet.com.

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