Cold hampers effort at Ohio greenhouse blaze

Freezing temperatures hampered firefighters as a wind-whipped blaze ripped through one of the Midwest's biggest greenhouse operations, destroying up to two dozen greenhouses.
Associated Press
Feb 20, 2013


There were no reports of injuries in the fire Tuesday night and early Wednesday at Ohio's Green Circle Growers near Oberlin, 30 miles southwest of Cleveland.

No cause was immediately determined.

Chief Brian Jackson of the Camden Township Fire Department told WJW-TV that 20 to 25 greenhouses were destroyed. The greenhouses are heated by a boiler fueled by wood chips.

Firefighters were hampered by 20-degree temperatures and 30 mph winds. Florence Township Assistant Fire Chief Jim Carrico said equipment, including tanker truck valves, froze up.

The greenhouse grows pansies, orchids and bonsai trees.




Hats off to all the firefighters that were out there all night fighting that blaze in that cold cold weather!! Thank you for what you do!


These guys are awesome and deserve a great debt of thanks. As a former volunteer firefighter I know what they go thru. It is not about the money with them, it is the "service and pride" that makes them what they are and what they do! Also, residents and the communities in which they serve should be thankful that the "mutual aid" agreement exists in the county among its fire departments which allows them to assist other departments in just such a situation. God bless them! Job well done!