An early morning fire destroyed Sink’s Flower Shop and Greenhouse at 404 Second St. No one was injured, but the blaze caused significant structural damage and hot spots that firefighters are expecting to contend with for the remainder of the day.
“Everything is gone. Everything,” said Paula Clapper, who co-owns the business with husband Chuck. Surviving, however, are shop pets Lily the cat and Peanut the rabbit.
Clapper said the fire “looks suspicious.” A message was left, she said, but did not want to elaborate on its specifics. Fire Chief Tom Lonyo said the fire is under investigation, and would not speculate on a potential cause.
Destroyed is the shop itself, along with the attached greenhouse and two-story garage which also served as an office. The business had just received a large shipment of fall plants, a Sink’s employee said.
Damage was also visible on the exterior of some neighboring Washington Avenue homes.
A plaque near the front door states the business was established in 1926.
Sink’s orders and other business transactions will be transferred to Alpine Florist at 2700 N. Main St., which the Clappers also own.