Garden center loses building but opens as usual after fire – Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

Fire destroyed a large building at the Wayside Garden Center complex in Macedon early Thursday.

Six fire departments from Wayne and Monroe counties battled the early morning blaze. The large nursery straddles the line for Wayne and Monroe counties, with the business listing 124 Pittsford-Palmyra Road in Macedon, Wayne County, as its address, while the large building that burned is in Monroe County.

The fire was reported shortly before 1:30 a.m.

The building, now a pile of charred and smoldering rubble, had housed a mechanic’s shop and was also used for storage. No injuries were reported.

Carol Sorbello, who owns the garden center with her husband, said the store was not affected and opened as usual at 9 a.m.

The leveled building was large and had two distinct sides, separated by an interior wall. Fertilizer, equipment, a forklift and other tools as well as the center’s mechanic’s shop were all housed in the structure and were destroyed in the blaze.

Chief J.J. Phillips of South Macedon Fire and Rescue said the first firefighters on the scene reported several explosions. Sorbello said firefighters called her shortly after they arrived.

“I looked out the window and could see the glow,” she said. “It wasn’t a pretty sight.”

It took firefighters an hour and 45 minutes to control the blaze, Phillips said. Firefighters managed to keep the blaze from spreading to several nearby greenhouses, Sorbello said.

Sorbello said she doesn’t know who reported the fire, but “thank god they did. Nobody was hurt and that’s the main thing.”

And there is plenty of clean-up ahead, Phillips said, adding that the cause of the fire remains under investigation.

CROBERTS@DemocratandChronicle.com

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