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Nursery packing house fire ruled accidental in West Delray Beach

Posted at 11:17 AM, Jun 22, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-27 06:10:09-04

A nursery packing house was destroyed by fire Thursday morning in West Delray Beach.

At 9:02 a.m., Palm Beach County Fire Rescue crews responded to reports of a commercial fire on the 9300 block of 155th Lane South in West Delray Beach.


Capt. Albert Borroto said responding firefighters spotted heavy column of black smoke while they were still several miles away.

The building, a large structure made of wood, was fully engulfed when crews arrived.

The fire was under control by 11 a.m., said Borroto.

On June 26, investigators determined the fire was accidental and caused when a worker, who was using a cutting torch, disassembled a metal greenhouse.

PBCFR said in a written statement the wood support beams for the greenhouse ignited and caught fire.

The fire spread when the worker found a bucket with a liquid to extinguish the fire. However, the bucket contained a mixture of gasoline and diesel fuel.

No one was hurt, and the building was a total loss.

There was no insurance for the property.