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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Fire Causes $750,000 in Damage to Local Business

A four-alarm fire at a floral nursery in Hampshire caused more than $750,000 in damage Tuesday morning.

Firefighters were called to Klehm Growers at 44W637 Route 72 shortly before 5 a.m. Flames were coming from the rear of the building when they arrived, said Hampshire Fire Protection District Capt. Trevor Herrmann.

As the building is located in an area without hydrants, 18 area fire departments were called in to help, bringing 11 water-carrying tender trucks to the building, Herrmann said.

No one was injured.

The fire was under control by about 7:15 a.m., but crews remained on the scene until about 12:30 p.m. Route 72 was closed for seven hours, Herrmann said.

Much of the damage, estimated at more than $750,000, was contained to half of the building, fire officials said.

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