Fire Breaks Out at Carmel Valley Nursery

Evergreen Nursery owner: "We're going to get through it"

By Christina London and Candice Nguyen
|  Monday, Nov 18, 2013  |  Updated 7:13 AM PDT
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The fire at Evergreen Nursery on Carmel Valley Road started around 6:30 p.m. Sunday. NBC 7's Candice Nguyen reports on the major challenges firefighters faced.

The fire at Evergreen Nursery on Carmel Valley Road started around 6:30 p.m. Sunday. NBC 7's Candice Nguyen reports on the major challenges firefighters faced.

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San Diego firefighters battled a blaze at the Evergreen Nursery off Carmel Valley Road Sunday night.

Crews were called to the garden center in the 13,600-block of Carmel Valley Road around 6:30 p.m.

Fire officials said a two-story building was fully involved when crews arrived. Flames could be seen coming through the roof.

Officials said fighting the fire posed several challenges. Crews had to cut through a locked security gate to get inside. Plus, there were no fire hydrants nearby, and trucks had to bring in water.

San Diego Gas and Electric also responded because of fear over nearby power lines.

The nursery's owner said friends who live nearby called him to say his business was on fire.

"They were in their houses. They saw flames and heard popping noises, like things exploding. There's nothing in there that explodes," said Mark Collins, CEO of Evergreen Nursery.

At the end of the day, Collins says he's lucky.

"We have 150 employees," he said. "We're going to get through it."

The business was closed at the time of the fire, and no one was injured. There is no estimate yet of how much damage was done.

A fire battalion chief told NBC 7 it's likely an electrical problem caused the fire.

Collins says Evergreen Nursery will be open for business on Monday.


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