Greensburg Farm Market building appears to be total loss after fire

March 09, 2011|By DAVE McMILLION |
  • Fire erupts from the Greensburg Farm Market on Virgina Avenue Tuesday night.
By Ric Dugan, Staff Photographer

Fire poured through the Greensburg Farm Market on Virginia Avenue southwest of Hagerstown on Tuesday night, sending heavy flames and embers into the night sky.

Firefighters had the fire under control in about 30 minutes, said Assistant Fire Chief Jamie Drawbaugh of the Volunteer Fire Co. of Halfway, Md.

There were no injuries reported, according to a 911 dispatcher.

A Maryland state fire marshal arrived at the scene at 8:45 a.m. Wednesday and was sifting through the charred remains of the building.

The fire was in the store part of the business, where jellies, juices, snacks and produce were sold. The popular seasonal market also sells flowers, with displays out front and many plants behind the building during its operating season.

The market is located on a stretch of Virginia Avenue between Halfway Boulevard and Wilson Boulevard.

It looks like a total loss to the building, Drawbaugh said.

The cause had not yet been determined, he said.

Several neighbors started calling 911 at 8:51 p.m., reporting flames from the market at 17835 Virginia Ave., a 911 dispatcher said. The fire was reported out at 9:28 p.m.

About a dozen neighbors were standing across the street watching firefighters putting out the fire.

Janice Sweigert, who lives across the street, said she had just gotten off the bed to go to the bathroom when she looked outside and saw a "flash." She looked out of her window and saw the fire.

"I thought I was dreaming," Sweigert said.

Staci Decker, who lives next door to Sweigert, said she looked outside and saw embers blowing over from the store.

It was a scary scene, Decker said.

"It sounded like there were explosions inside," Decker said.

Firefighters from Halfway, Williamsport, Funkstown and Hagerstown responded, a 911 dispatcher said.

Also responding were Washington County Special Operations, the county's rehab and air units, and ambulances from Halfway and Williamsport, the dispatcher said.

Staff Writer Julie E. Greene contributed to this story.

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