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Oberlin: Green Circle Growers' fire contained

2:28 PM, Feb 20, 2013   |    comments
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CAMDEN TOWNSHIP -- A fire caused damage to a one acre production barn and five acres of greenhouse structure at Green Circle Growers in Lorain County according to a company release.

The fire reported Tuesday evening took more than 10 hours to bring under control.

Photos: Fire at Green Circle Growers

Firefighters from around the area were called to battle the fire and were hampered by freezing temperatures and whipping winds.

Scott Giesbrecht, co-owner and VP of sales, commented "Our primary concern was the safety of our employees and the firefighters. The firefighters did an excellent job in controlling the blaze. ... Thankfully, no one was hurt in either the fire or the process of putting out the fire, and the firefighters were able to minimize the damage through their efforts."

Green Circle employees more than 600 people and grows indoor and outdoor plants under more than 100 acres of greenhouses in Oberlin.

The company says their facilities are built to minimize damage from events like the fire.

"In addition to having alternative production areas in other parts of the facility, we have great relationships with other greenhouses throughout the country if the need arises to have plants grown for us to satisfy our customers' demands. This fire, while a significant event, only impacted 5 percent of the growing space we use, and we are already working on preparations to repair this area," said Giesbrecht.

Green Circle Growers is one of the largest greenhouse operations in the Midwest. They supply plants to bigbox stores, like Heinen's Home Depot, Walmart, Sam's Club and Giant Eagle.

No cause to the fire has been reported. The greenhouses are heated by a boiler fueled by wood chips.

There are no reported injuries.

WKYC-TV

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