Community members are devastated by the loss of what they consider a gem in the city of Caribou. The State Fire Marshal’s Office is working to determine what caused a massive fire at Phil’s Florist and Greenhouses late Thursday night.
“It was heartbreaking,” says business owner Sandy Marrett.
Crews from multiple fire departments battled the fire through the night. Caribou Fire Chief Scott Susi says the main building is a total loss but the greenhouses around it are in good shape. No one was injured in the fire but there was a cat that didn’t make it. The shop has been around for about 40 years. Current owners Dave and Patty Corriveau took it over back in 2006.
Chief Susi said, “it has been a cornerstone business in the city of Caribou for as long as I can remember.”
Firefighters weren’t only batting the fire on Thursday night, they were also battling freezing cold temperatures.
“It was seven below last night and standing in the midst of the streams blowing in, it made for a little bit of difficulty,” says Susi.
Caribou’s other florist, Noyes Flower and Plant Shoppe, also had a fire about 20 years ago. Designer Sandra Bouchard says this one is probably worse – especially happening so close to Valentine’s Day.
She says, “it’s obviously one of the busiest times of the year, probably the number one holiday you prepare for 2-3 weeks in advance, planning what you’re going to do, because unlike other holidays its all one day.”
“Hopefully people wilI come together and rally around them and support them..I think Caribou will survive..we’re survivors,” said Marrett.
Chief Susi said the shop was insured, and he spoke with the owners who aren’t sure what they’re going to do at this point.
NewsSource 8 did reach out to members of the Corriveau family. They didn’t want to go on camera but said they’re extremely lucky to have such a caring community around them. Earlier reports said firefighters dealt with frozen hydrants last night but that is not true.