Fire at Agricultural Facility under Investigation in Franklin

On Tuesday morning Connecticut State Police said their Fire & Explosives Investigation Unit (FEIU) was actively assisting the Franklin fire marshal on a fire investigation at The Plant Group Inc, a plant wholesaler located at 117 Pond Rd in Franklin.

Photo credit: Connecticut State Police FEIU

Photo credit: Connecticut State Police Fire & Explosives Investigation Unit

The DEEP Emergency Response Unit also responded to conduct air and water sampling.

Fertilizer, peet, pesticides, ammonia, PFAS, and other toxins were involved in the fire and resulting smoke.

A shelter in place order issued for the surrounding area has been lifted.

The Franklin Fire Department was dispatched to a tree and wires burning on Pond Road during the early morning hours on Monday.

While monitoring the wire fire, fire personnel observed an orange glow in the area and located a structure burning on the property of 117 Pond Rd.

The firefighters who observed that the fire involved the electrical components servicing the warehouse.

This fire also resulted in lengthy road closures, which have also since cleared.

The origin and cause of the fire remains under investigation by FEIU and the Franklin Fire Marshal’s Office, however there is no suspected criminal aspect at this time.

According to a spokesperson for DEEP, about 10 tons of ammonium-based fertilizer and a full pallet of pesticide were consumed in the fire.