GREEN TWP., Ohio (WKBN) – Fire destroyed a family business in Green Township Wednesday night.
Firefighters from multiple departments were called about 11 p.m. to the Angiuli’s Farm Market on Columbiana Canfield Road (State Route 46). The buildings on the property were in flames when crews arrived.
Produce, coolers and farm equipment were destroyed.
Diane Greier, who lives nearby, said she heard crackling sounds, but she didn’t realize the business was on fire until her son called. He told her he could see the flames from the fields nearby.
“Within probably 10 to 15 minutes, ’til my son got in, it was fully engulfed in the front,” she said.
Equipment housed in the market’s greenhouse created a dangerous situation for crews because of the potential for explosion. One propane tank exploded when crews were arriving.
“Originally, when they got there, propane was exploding and stuff like that, so they went undercover. When that stopped, they went back to fighting the fire,” said Green Township Fire Chief Todd Baird.
Several fire departments responded to the fire including, Green Township, Beaver Township, Canfield, Ellsworth, and Leetonia. They had to use more than a 1,000 feet of hose to draw water from an abandoned mine strip and pump it to the scene.
Baird said the heat took its toll on firefighters, but there were no reports of heat-related injuries.
“They’ll work for half an hour, get relief and then the new fresh firefighters go in,” Baird said. “We have guys take care of the guys. And on a hot night like tonight, with the humidity and everything, that is what has to happen.”
Although no one was hurt, the fire left the Angiuli family members in tears. They said they plan to rebuild the market, and workers could be seen loading corn and other items onto trucks for delivery to the family’s produce stands around the Valley on Thursday.
In addition to the market on Route 46, Angiuli’s operates produce stands in Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana counties.
Investigators, including the State Fire Marshal, are working to determine what started the fire. Baird said, due to the extent of the damages, that may prove difficult.
Damages are estimated at about $350,000.