Hopkins County horticultural plant destroyed in fire


HOPKINS COUNTY, TX (KLTV) – A horticultural plant in Hopkins County is badly damaged following an afternoon fire.

According to Hopkins County Fire Chief Andy Endsley, at around 11:30 a.m. Monday afternoon, they responded to the Berger Horticultural Products fire on Highway 19 north of Sulfur Springs.

Several departments responded to the call and traffic on Highway 19 North was diverted for several hours as they struggled to contain it.

Berger Horticultural Products manufactures mulch and other landscaping products. Endsley says they don’t make or sell fertilizer. The factory was closed for the holidays when the fire broke out.

A firefighter suffered a minor injury while fighting the blaze and rushed to hospital for treatment.

The fire was contained around 3:30 p.m. this afternoon and the cause remains under investigation.

Endsley says there is no threat to residents at the moment and that evacuations in the area were not necessary.

Officials said the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives would respond on Wednesday to help investigate the cause of the blaze and the amount lost that Endsley estimates at around $ 1million. dollars.

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