Summer Winds Nursery Destroyed By Fire
Summer Winds Nursery in South San Jose was destroyed by an overnight three-alarm fire. Cause of the fire is currently under investigation, but is believed to be accidental.
Late Tuesday and into Wednesday morning, a massive three-alarm fire destroyed the South San Jose location of Summer Winds Nursery - an estimated 10,000 square-foot structure. The local fire department deemed necessary to allow the fire to burn, reports Mark Gomez, Mercury News.
With pesticides and other chemicals burning within the structure, firefighters did not douse to avoid groundwater contamination and potentially flowing into the nearby Guadalupe River, San Jose fire Capt. Mike Van Elgort said.
"Based on what we were presented with, that volume of fire, it was about as good an outcome as you could have hoped for," Van Elgort said. "The fire was accelerated by the fertilizer."
Gomez notes the nursery had been in operation since the 1960s, when it opened as a Woolworth Garden Center. It was purchased by Summer Winds in 1998.
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