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Friday, November 16, 2018
A fire starting around 8 p.m. Jan. 3 destroyed equipment and buildings at Dan Schantz Farm and Greenhouse, LLC, 8025 Spinnerstown Road, Lower Milford Township. LEFT: Firefighters use aerial trucks and other specialty equipment to battle the fire. The fire destroyed equipment, offices, production rooms and materials such as plastic pots for planting and peat moss.PRESS PHOTOS BY KYLE MERTL A fire starting around 8 p.m. Jan. 3 destroyed equipment and buildings at Dan Schantz Farm and Greenhouse, LLC, 8025 Spinnerstown Road, Lower Milford Township. LEFT: Firefighters use aerial trucks and other specialty equipment to battle the fire. The fire destroyed equipment, offices, production rooms and materials such as plastic pots for planting and peat moss.PRESS PHOTOS BY KYLE MERTL
Fire companies from Lehigh and surrounding counties report to the fire scene Jan. 3 and many stay onsite into the early morning Jan. 4. Fire companies from Lehigh and surrounding counties report to the fire scene Jan. 3 and many stay onsite into the early morning Jan. 4.
PRESS PHOTO BY KYLE MERTLApproximately 100 firefighters battle the blaze at the Dan Schantz Farm and Greenhouse, LLC at the corner of Spinnerstown Road and Plover Lane. A neighbor initially spotted smoke coming from the greenhouse area to the rear of the 83-plus acre facility. PRESS PHOTO BY KYLE MERTLApproximately 100 firefighters battle the blaze at the Dan Schantz Farm and Greenhouse, LLC at the corner of Spinnerstown Road and Plover Lane. A neighbor initially spotted smoke coming from the greenhouse area to the rear of the 83-plus acre facility.
Firefighters work to keep fire from spreading into greenhouses on the property. Firefighters work to keep fire from spreading into greenhouses on the property.
PRESS PHOTOS BY APRIL PETERSONDark gray smoke rises from the rear of the property at 8025 Spinnerstown Road, Lower Milford Township, Jan. 4, the day following the initial fire. Firefighters were at the scene mid-morning. PRESS PHOTOS BY APRIL PETERSONDark gray smoke rises from the rear of the property at 8025 Spinnerstown Road, Lower Milford Township, Jan. 4, the day following the initial fire. Firefighters were at the scene mid-morning.
The entrance to Dan Schantz Farm and Greenhouse, LLC remains open Jan. 4. Fire personnel and equipment continued to travel in and out of the large gates and business appeared to continue as delivery trucks approached and exited the property and a nearby parking lot remained open to cars. The entrance to Dan Schantz Farm and Greenhouse, LLC remains open Jan. 4. Fire personnel and equipment continued to travel in and out of the large gates and business appeared to continue as delivery trucks approached and exited the property and a nearby parking lot remained open to cars.

DAN SCHANTZ FARM AND GREENHOUSE, LLC

Wednesday, January 11, 2017 by APRIL PETERSON apeterson@tnonline.com in Local News

‘We’re looking toward the future’

Cleanup efforts have begun at Dan Schantz Farm and Greenhouse, LLC in the wake of a fire resulting in extensive damage to the Lower Milford Township facility.

In a telephone call Jan. 5 to The Press John Carl, part owner of the business, said excavating equipment was on site and damaged materials were being cleared.

“It’s been devastating for us,” he said. “It’s quite a shock.”

Assessment of the damage was not complete and a cause was not yet determined.

A neighbor noticed smoke coming from greenhouse area the evening of Jan. 3, Carl said. Firefighters were at the facility by 8:30 p.m. and stayed through the night.

The remote location of the facility and the fire itself on the expansive farm property required water be brought in by tanker trucks. Approximately 100 firefighters and 20 engines from fire companies in Lehigh and surrounding counties battled the blaze.

The fire claimed the soil room, several planting rooms and offices, loading docks, forklifts and bulb coolers as well as planting materials such as peat moss, Carl said. Plastic supplies, including pots, also were lost.

No one was hurt and, as of Jan. 5, the fire was out.

According to public county assessment records accessible through the Lehigh County Assessment Records search, the property, classed as commercial, is over 83 acres. The land use is described as greenhouse/nursery and a sign at the property entrance reads Dan Schantz Farm and Greenhouses LLC Wholesale Only.

In addition to a single family residence, equipment buildings for light commercial equipment, an office, an electrical room, several greenhouses and outbuildings are listed as on the property.

Christmas lights and decorations outside a large white farmhouse at the front of the property withstood gusty breezes under partly cloudy skies while dark gray smoke rose into the air from what appeared to be greenhouses to the rear of the property late morning Jan. 4. The expansive property sits at the corner of Spinnerstown Road and Plover Lane.

According to a website for the location, the wholesale facility offers Easter and Christmas flowers, character mums, house and indoor plants and outdoor plants, vegetable plants and herbs and ornamental items such as painted pumpkins to retailers.

Fire crews erected barriers to halt the spread of the fire into the greenhouses, Carl said.

The wholesale facility supplies flowers and plantings to retailers along the East Coast including Giant, Redner’s, Weis and Whole Foods markets and Lowe’s.

During the Christmas season the facility provided one million poinsettias plants.

Among losses were bulbs for tulips, hyacinths, daffodils and other spring plantings.

“There will be some disruption,” Carl said.

However, the Dan Schantz business has greenhouses at other locations in the area. Also, members of the growing community have offered help. Customers also have offered support.

Carl and others are reviewing losses, reordering if necessary and replacing what was damaged. The business remains open and employees are reporting for work. Plans are to rebuild.

“We’re looking toward the future,” Carl said.