Christmas tree farm barn destroyed in fire

A fire at an Allendale-area Christmas tree farm. (Courtesy ReportIt - Nov. 24, 2014)

ALLENDALE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — A barn at a Christmas tree farm went up in flames Monday night.

It happened at Bosch’s Country View Nursery in Allendale, in the area of 84th Avenue and Pierce Street. A viewer sent 24 Hour News 8 video of the fire, showing large flames clearly visible from a distance.

The barn is a total loss, but no one was injured.

“I was really just counting my blessings that no one was injured, nobody got hurt,” owner Brian Bosch told 24 Hour News 8.

Bosch said the barn was mostly used as a gathering place to greet customers, sell merchandise, share a cup of coffee and catch up.

He said there are usually about 100 Christmas trees in the barn during the season, but fortunately only about 50 were inside at the time of the fire. He said there are still plenty of Christmas trees left to sell — 50 of his 80 acres are dedicated to growing the trees — and the farm is still open.

“I’m not sure what we can do for a temporary setup, but we’re going to put something together and be open for this weekend,” said Bosch.

Some farm machinery was also lost in the fire.

The cause of the fire is still unknown, but Bosch said there were some problems with circuit breakers the day before.

While it was difficult to watch the barn burn Monday night, Bosch told 24 Hour News 8 it isn’t the worst thing that has ever happened to him. In fact, it doesn’t even compare.

“Because 20-something years ago, we lost a little child on the farm,” he said.

His 5-year-old son Cameron was killed in a workplace accident in 1995.

“This is small compared to the loss of a child, so we’re thankful and I just hope that I can lean on Christ in a situation like this, and that’s a challenge for me to do,” Bosch said.

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