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Buried hydrants made Molesta Floral fire difficult

WYOMING, Mich. (WZZM) -- Investigators say the fire at the former Molesta floral building is not suspicious, but they haven't found the cause yet. 

The building at the corner of Madison and 28th is a total loss after a gas leak caused several explosions Monday night.

The Molesta family sold the building to a company called Greenleaf, whose owner was using it to grow plants. Owner Nick DeHaan says about half of the building was filled; now only one crop might be salvageable.

DaHaan says this will be a tough year for his business, but he plans to make a comeback. "Once we get insurance information back, we'll look into how we can rebuild it and we hope to rebuild. This year might be a little tough we might have to put some temporary walls up or something, but we definitely hope to rebuild and continue in the future."

It took crews more than an hour to gain control of the fire Monday night. Officials say part of that was due to the fact that fire hydrants were covered with snow.


WYOMING, Mich. (WZZM) -- A large fire took out part of the former Molesta Floral building near the intersection of Madison Avenue and 28th Street Monday night.

The fire began around 8:20 p.m. Firefighters say they had been battling the blaze defensively when a gas leak caused several explosions. They were able to contain the fire to an office area and part of the greenhouse.

After about an hour and a half crews got the fire under control but they stayed out through much of the night  to put out hot spots. The American Red Cross provided a warming station for crews battling the flames.

In addition to the cold temperatures, snowy conditions caused problems for firefighters as well. They had a tough time finding hydrants according to the Wyoming Fire Department's chief.

"Even though we have been out looking for and digging out hydrants, with the last snow and the plows coming through, they bury them again," said chief Bob Austin. "We have some maps to show us where they are but we have to find them."

Investigators could be out as early as Tuesday morning to find out what caused the fire.

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Molesta Floral closed in 2010 after more than 100 years of business.