Germantown wholesale florist fire; damage estimated at $2M

Firefighters battled a fire at Karthauser & Sons Wholesale Florist in Germantown on Thursday morning, Feb. 24.

Officials say a 911 call about the fire came into the Germantown Police Department around 6:45 a.m. 

Arriving officers saw the fire was contained to a detached shed where a wood-burning stove to heat boilers for the business was located. There was also a large amount of wood chips in the shed that supplied the wood burning stove.

Fire in structure at Germantown wholesale florist

Germantown Fire Department arrived on the scene -- and was able to contain the fire to the wood burner shed.

Fire in building at Germantown wholesale florist

The initial investigation shows the fire may have started due to a wiring issue with the burner. The preliminary estimate of damage to the wood burner and building is $2 million.

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One firefighter suffered a hand injury while fighting the fire.

Fire in structure at Germantown wholesale florist

The Germantown Fire Department was assisted by the following departments:

  • Menomonee Falls
  • Richfield
  • Slinger
  • Mequon
  • Thiensville
  • Hartford

Other assisting agencies including We Energies, the Germantown Highway Department, and Washington County Highway Department.


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