US (NH): Fire tears through greenhouses in Concord

After an early-morning fire destroyed the main building at Murray Farm and threatened his greenhouses, David Murray knew there was no time to panic, reports Concord Monitor.

He couldn’t afford to – the building housing the business’s water pumps, boilers and generators was nothing more than a twisted hunk of metal roofing and a pile of debris by mid-Wednesday morning. The fire had also damaged adjacent greenhouses that included part of Murray’s spring crop.

If those greenhouses weren’t capped, and heat, water and electricity weren’t restored, the April chill would kill the plants by nightfall.

All of Concord’s fire personnel, including several off-duty members, responded to the scene at 115 River Road about 3:30 a.m. Wednesday morning, after a neighbor across the Contoocook River spotted the fire and called 911.

They arrived to see one building heavily consumed by fire, with the blaze encroaching on other structures. Although the Contoocook River is across the street, the steepness of the banks made accessing the water difficult, said Concord fire Deputy Chief Aaron McIntire. A portable tank operation helped to supply the large amounts of water needed to bring the fire under control.

“Our main priority is to get (the business) back up and running,” McIntire said.

Read more at the Concord Monitor (Caitlin Andrews)

Check out the Facebook page of Murray Farm Greenhouse as well for updates and pictures.


Video posted on the YouTube Channel of WMUR-TV.


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