Fire Destroys Pennsylvania Floral Warehouse

December 10, 2003 - 14:41

A four-alarm fire destroyed a
floral warehouse in Nicetown, Pa., on December 3, ruining everything in the
building and causing a commuter rail line to shut down for a while.

According to the Philadelphia
Inquirer, the fire broke out a little after 1 p.m. at the Pennock Wholesale
Florist warehouse, which is a major supplier for Philadelphia florists.
According to the Executive Fire Chief, no one was injured.

By approximately 2:30 p.m., there
were more than 100 firefighters were on the scene. This caused a SEPTA commuter
rail line to be halted because firefighters had stretched hoses across rail
lines to get to the fire.

As of press time, officials had no
determination of what caused the fire but it was successfully under control a
little after 3 p.m.

Also according to the Philadelphia
Inquirer few customers were inside the warehouse when the incident happened
because the wholesaler is at its busiest early in the morning.

Pennock has 14 wholesale
flower-sales branches on the East Coast. The owner estimates that this facility
sold approximately 40 percent of the flowers for sale by Philadelphia florists.

The SEPTA riders were taken by
shuttle bus to another functioning station and service was restored around 4
p.m.

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