Structure fire in Germantown causes damage estimated at $2 million

A structure fire Thursday morning in Germantown Karthauser & Sons injured a firefighter and caused damage estimated at $2 million.

Firefighters were dispatched around 6:58 a.m. to Karthauser, a flower wholesaler.

“It was a secondary building to the business,” Battalion Commander Cary Rodriguez said. He said about six employees saw the fire, at W147 N11100 Fond du Lac Ave., and called the fire department. No one was in the building which caught fire and work continued during the day in the main building.

Rodriguez said it had been two hours since the power went out so firefighters could tend to the blaze.

“The fire was brought under control within minutes, but it took three hours to extinguish because of wood chips and everything” in the incinerated building, which contained a wood stove and heat boilers, Rodriguez said.

Fire Chief John Delain said a firefighter suffered a cut on his hand while putting out the blaze. No one in the building that caught fire was injured, Delain added.

Menomonee Falls, Richfield, Slinger, Mequon, Thiensville and Hartford Fire Departments assisted in the fire. We Energies, the Germantown Highways Department and the Washington County Highways Department also provided assistance, according to a press release from the Germantown Police Department.

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