A fire ripped through the Laval (Quebec) location of Serres Sylvain Cleroux on Tuesday. The enterprise totals more than 1,000,000 square feet. Based in Laval and Mirabel, the company distributes its products throughout the Canadian and US provinces, calling itself as the largest producer of ornamental horticultural products in Quebec. Part of the Laval greenhouses were damaged and some of the cuttings production was destroyed.
"However, due to the size of the company, via its two production sites, we will be able to offer you a spring flower despite this event", the company shared in an update on Facebook. "We want to reassure all customers of our garden center in addition to all our customers throughout Quebec, the Maritimes and Ontario, we will be able to deliver your orders as expected".
On the day of the fire, the company already expressed its willingness to come back strong: "Despite the sadness of the events that occurred this morning, all teams from our various departments are joining forces to maintain production. Be sure that we will come back in strength in the next few days, to ensure a spring full of flowers."
Help from other companies
Besides hundreds of messages of encouragement, Serres Sylvain Cleroux was also offered help by many companies. "Special thanks to the Grover farm, Marineau farm, Michel Lacroix greenhouses, Gérard Geoffrion, Hymus électrique, Chauffage JP, all our valiant employees in addition to our family and friends."
No injuries; danger of collapse
Jean-Sebastien Roch, a division chief with the fire department, told CBC News no one was injured in the fire.
He said about 50 firefighters were called to the scene and they are taking a defensive approach because they feared the roof could collapse. The fire was made worse by high winds and several propane tanks inside the buildings.
Roch said it is too early to know how the fire started.
The complex employs some 200 workers, many from Mexico and Guatemala. It is unclear if the workers will keep their jobs.
The fire department asked Hydro-Québec to cut power to the area for safety reasons, he said, leaving about 1,700 customers without power throughout the morning.
A heavily-damaged building at Serres Sylvain Cleroux Inc. in Laval is demolished after an early morning fire. Firefighter Lt. Frédérick Michaud explains the priority today is reconnecting natural gas to protect the plants from the cold. pic.twitter.com/rUNxBXwGh0— Ainslie MacLellan (@CBCAinslie) February 19, 2019
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