As of Monday, no cause yet determined in Sorbello onion farm fire

 

By Debra J. Groom

Two days after a devastating fire at the Sorbello and Sons onion farm in Granby, crates of onions and the building were still smoldering.

These photos were taken Thursday Dec. 5 by Duane St. Onge.

The fire occurred at about 4:45 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3 and destroyed the large barn at the farm.

Morris Sorbello said the barn was actually three parts connected by tunnels. Nearly the entire crop of onions was being stored in the building.

Sorbello said Monday (Dec. 9) investigators still are combing through the piles of burning crates and onions trying to determine the cause of the fire.

The area was still smoldering Monday morning — in fact, Sorbello said the fire department was called out again Sunday night when a 3- to 4-foot high fire erupted.

Once the investigators are done with their work, Sorbello will begin disposing of the piles and piles of burned crates and onions. He hopes to be able to bury them in a huge hole on his farm.

“It’s the most economical method,” he said.

The crates, which are made of wood, and the onions would decompose in the ground.

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