Greenbush’s Main Street has had snow on it for some time now, but twice within less than one week, emergency vehicles, from fire trucks to EMS vehicles, have covered this street, responding to two separate incidents at two different buildings– the Greenbush Pharmacy and Squid’s Market. The Greenbush Pharmacy store has been deemed a complete loss.
At 8:45 a.m. on Thursday, December 14, the Greenbush Fire Department received an emergency call about an electrical fire in the Greenbush Pharmacy basement.
Luckily, Greenbush Fire Chief Randy Jenson explained, the fire burnt through the plastic waterline in the basement, causing a substantial amount of water to spray down on the fire, containing it in that location. So, when the Greenbush fire department responded, they had to extinguish an “extremely small” open flame.
Although the fire was extinguished, the incident left the store a total loss, due to the smoke damage that reached the building inventory floor, Greenbush Pharmacy owner Dean Mattson said.
The incident, Mattson explained, caused substantial structural damage and the smoke damage rendered all inventory in the building a complete loss. Everything in the building has to be discarded.
As to when the Greenbush Pharmacy will open again, Mattson doesn’t yet know in these early stages. He is working with the state board of pharmacy and the business’ insurance adjustors. The business is in the process of looking at alternative sites in Greenbush, and the state board of pharmacy has to okay the site before moving forward.
At approximately 10:15 am on Monday, December 18, the Greenbush Fire Department responded to an emergency call from Squid’s Market, reporting smoke throughout the building.
The department identified the cause of the smoke–an overheated refrigeration compressor. The incident didn’t include any open flames and the department didn’t need any water to deal with it, Chief Jenson reported.
In both incidents, no one was hurt.
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