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Fire destroys florist’s greenhouse, estimated $100k loss

Burned wall near where the fire started Photo from Washington County Fire DistrictHILLSBORO, Ore. – A 40,000 square-foot greenhouse was destroyed by flames early Tuesday morning, burning a crop of roses and lilies inside, the Washington County Fire District said.

Property owner and Peterkort Roses manager, Norman Peterkort, said he noticed the fire after hearing an alarm that one of the boilers heating the greenhouse had low steam pressure.

He drove out from his house several miles away, found the fire, and called 9-1-1 at around 2 a.m. Tuesday.

Fire crews responded to the Peterkort Roses greenhouses located off of SW Hillsboro Highway.

The structure was made up of five connected greenhouses, totaling 40,000 square feet. Officials said the fire moved to the thin, thermal ceiling material and spread across the structure.

The plastic ceiling melted and dripped down on the plants and bedding, creating what fire officials called a “one-acre, low-intensity bark dust and vegetation fire.”

The fire wasn’t hot, but officials said it took five fire agencies to get it under control.Melted exterior Photo from Washington County Fire

No one was hurt in the fire. The cause is still under investigation.

Peterkort told fire officials his entire building and crop are likely a total loss, estimated at over $100,000.

The fire ripped through a quarter of the farm’s 16 greenhouses.

The family-owned business began in 1923.


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