menomoneefalls.patch.com; video Credit Carl Engelking: An enormous blaze ignited at Shady Lane Greenhouse early Friday afternoon in Menomonee Falls.
At roughly 11:48 a.m. the Menomonee Falls Fire Department received a full box alarm call for a fire that started in one of the greenhouses on the property. Thick black smoke was clearly visible for miles and the plume rose high above the scene throughout the area. Flames were also shooting through the roof when responders arrived. It was a high-alarm fire due to the fact that fertilizers, gas lines, and other chemicals were present in the building.
Firefighters from throughout the Milwaukee area arrived to assist Falls firefighters on the scene. It appeared the fire had been controlled as mutual aid began to arrive. According to a news release from Police Chief Anna Ruzinski, the fire was completely extinguished by 2:19 p.m.
Heidi Hornung, manager and landscaper at the greenhouse, was clearly shaken by the incident as she watched smoke rise from her business. She said everyone made it out safely, but the fire would clearly be devastating.