Fire Hits Dan Schantz Farm & Greenhouses
During the night of Jan. 3, a three-alarm fire broke out in the greenhouses of Dan Schantz Farm & Greenhouses in Zionsville, Pennsylvania.
Patrick Flanley, president and majority owner of the company, told The Allentown Morning Call that the blaze caused more than $1 million in damage. Fortunately, no one was injured in the fire.
More than 100 firefighters battled the blaze for nearly 11 hours trucking more than 80 tankers of water to the greenhouse’s rural location.
Fire officials said the fire started near the shipping and planting warehouse
According to Gary Focht, first assistant chief of the Lower Milford Volunteer Fire Company, the fire was difficult to fight because a steel roof structure collapsed creating pockets of fire underneath it.
The cause of the fire has yet to be determined.
The company thanked local firefighters and volunteers for all of their efforts in putting out the fire and the cleanup efforts on its Facebook page.
“We are overwhelmed and encouraged by the support of our employees, friends, neighbors, colleagues, friends in the industry and the community, ” the company said in a statement. “We lost a few key buildings and crops … and are working to assess the damage and formulate a plan to rebuild those areas as quickly as possible. Dan Schantz Farm & Greenhouses will be ready with beautiful flowers and plants to service our customers and the public.”
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