Two-alarm fire burns nursery

October 18, 2009 7:14:10 AM PDT
A fire at a nursery in north Harris County caused people living nearby to briefly shelter in place Saturday afternoon.Firefighters were concerned about the smoke that was being given off from the building off FM 1960 at Silver Ridge. Flames and smoke were shooting out of the building when firefighters arrived shortly after 1pm. They limited the use of water on the fire because they weren't sure which chemicals were being given off by the blaze. Crews were called to check the air and the water runoff.

"The air monitoring proved negative of any chemical contamination," said Chief Fred Windisch with the Ponderosa Volunteer Fire Department.

FM 1960 was shut down during the fire. People at a nearby church were also told to take extra precautions because of the smoke. Firefighters from Ponderosa were assisted by crews from Spring, Champions, Klein and Woodlands.

There's no word on what started the fire. This is the second time in a little more than a year the Cornelius Nursery chain has suffered a fire. Flames severely damaged the location on Voss in west Houston in 2008. That fire also damaged a nearby apartment building.

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