Greenhouse burns, explodes

A greenhouse was destroyed by fire in rural Langley on Tuesday evening.

The fire in the 3600 block of 224th Street broke out at around 5:30 p.m., said Langley Township Fire Department assistant chief Bruce Ferguson.

The aluminum-framed and plastic-sided greenhouse wasn’t being used for growing plants at the time the fire broke out, but it was being used to store a number of tractors, forklifts, and fertilizer, Ferguson said.

The fire did about $40,000 in structural damage and perhaps $200,000 in damage to the stored equipment that was destroyed.

Three fire halls were called in to fight the blaze, including tankers transporting water from the nearest hydrants.

A propane tank inside the greenhouse exploded during the fire, but no one was hurt, Ferguson said.

The cause of the fire isn’t yet known. 

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