All-night fire damages Lehigh County greenhouse, bulbs

- A fire that burned all night caused extensive and expensive damage to a greenhouse at a Lehigh County farm.

FOX 29’s Steve Keeley reports the fire started just before 8:30pm Tuesday in a distribution warehouse at the Dan Schantz Farm and Greenhouse in Lower Milford Township.

Then, crews from 20 volunteer fire companies worked all through the night, and the fire was finally declared under control -- but not out -- at 3:45am Wednesday. That was more than seven hours later.

The area is northwest of Quakertown, west of the Northeast Extension.

Fighting this fire wasn’t easy. It’s in a rural area without hydrants. Firefighters had to keep bringing in 25 tanker trucks filled with water.

There is extensive damage to several of the farm’s buildings and bulbs, said to be in the millions.

Still, the company president told Steve he won’t be exactly sure how much damage took place until daylight.

There are no reports of injuries.

The Dan Schantz Farm and Greenhouse has been in business since 1959. The farm has about 240 employees at the height of the season, and their jobs may be in question.

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