A fire at Allegheny County’s (Pa.) main greenhouse late last week destroyed flowers destined for Greater Pittsburgh, county parks and area airports. It also resulted in a total estimated loss of $250,000 between the structure and plants.
The replacement value of the flowers destroyed is estimated between $20,000 and $30,000, and it is likely there will be far fewer flowers decorating county parks and facilities around Allegheny County this summer.
“You never want to see a greenhouse burn down, but this is the worst time,” says Andrew Baechle, Allegheny County Parks director. “This is when the absolute most damage could be done. It’s a real shame.”
The county county fire marshal’s office has not determined an exact cause of the fire but investigators do not believe it was arson.
For more information on the fire, read the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette story.