Zumbro Falls community supports local farm after devastating fire

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NEAR ZUMBRO FALLS, Minn. (KTTC) – We now know the cause of the fire that demolished a greenhouse near Zumbro Falls Monday morning. Heartbeet Farm is devastated, but is now in the process of rebuilding.

The Zumbro Falls Fire Department received the call just before 6 a.m. Monday.

Zumbro Falls Fire Chief Dan Preble confirmed a wood burning stove with rust on the back caused the blaze.

A neighbor noticed the blaze and called Rebecca Schwen and her husband Joe.

Much of the greenhouse was destroyed and the metal frame seems to be the only thing that survived.

No one was hurt, but all the shallot and onion seedlings were lost.

Schwen said she is thankful for the outpouring of support from everyone in the community.

“Completely blown away and I can’t hardly read the different comments and things we’ve gotten from people without loosing it and feeling that love and support poured out on us,” said Rebecca Schwen. “We were saying last night, it started out being the worst day and it actually ended up being one of the better days of our lives in that we felt just a huge outpouring of love and support from God, through his people, hands on the ground, and that felt really powerful.”

Schwen estimated the cost to rebuild would be around $16,000.

A go fund me page set up to help with those costs, exceeded its initial goal in less than 24 hours. Donations are still being accepted, you can do that by clicking here.

Sarah Gannon

Sarah Gannon

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