Flow Cannabis Co. claims responsibility for inadvertently sparking Mendocino Broiler Fire

KRCTV reports…..

A statement issued by the president of Flow Cannabis Co. appears to claim responsibility for inadvertently starting the Broiler Fire which destroyed nine structures.

Cal Fire officials said the Broiler Fire broke out Wednesday afternoon in the Redwood Valley area of Mendocino County, burning 80 acres and destroying three residential structures.

An official cause of the fire has not been released by fire investigators, but North Coast News has obtained a statement from Flow Cannabis Co., a cannabis cultivation company in the area, that acknowledges its role in starting the fire.

In the statement dated July 9, Flow Cannabis President Jarom Fawson said information they gathered points to the fire being started by a spark generated by an employee-operated mower striking a rock.

A statement obtained by North Coast News from Flow Cannabis Co. President Jarom Fawson claiming responsibility for an employee inadvertently starting the fire.

“Words cannot express how truly sorry we are for the stress, anxiety, fear, and loss that our Redwood Valley neighbors have endured as a result,” Fawson said in the statement. “Nor can words express how truly grateful we are to the first responders who were immediately on the scene and who, through their heroic and coordinated efforts, prevented further devastation.”

Fawson said he and his company are reaching out to families and organizations impacted by the fire, including the Humane Society of Inland Mendocino, the Mendocino County Fire Safe Council and the Redwood Valley Emergency Fund.

A GoFundMe campaign reportedly started by a person related to a family that lost their home in the Broiler Fire.

As of Friday, a GoFundMe campaign had been created on behalf of a family that had reportedly lost their home in the Broiler Fire.

According to a woman who said she is related to the family, the fire was the second tragedy to hit them in the last year.

“In the last year, this family has endured the tragic loss of their father Sergio, who lost his battle against cancer. Now they face the tremendous emotional stress and financial costs of losing their family home along with all of their personal belongings and the irreplaceable possessions of their late father,” the description of the campaign reads.

The campaign had raised $15,000 of its $25,000 goal by Friday night.

Flow Cannabis said in the statement on Friday that it is dedicated to keeping its employees, neighbors, and local community safe.

“We are mindful and vigilant of the wildfire danger that exists in our community and [are] committed to working closely with fire officials to improve our current fire prevention program and ensure that, moving forward, we are at the forefront of wildfire prevention,” Fawson said.

The full statement from Flow Cannabis President Jarom Fawson may be read below:

July 9, 2021

Redwood Valley, CA – Over the course of the past 48 hours, we have been in conversation with local authorities supporting the fire investigation. The information we have to date indicates that the July 7, 2021, Redwood Valley fire originated on our property, after the blades of a mower, operated by our employee, struck rock, causing a spark.

Words cannot express how truly sorry we are for the stress, anxiety, fear, and loss that our Redwood Valley neighbors have endured as a result. Nor can words express how truly grateful we are to the first responders who were immediately on the scene and who, through their heroic and coordinated efforts, prevented further devastation.

We are actively reaching out to the impacted families as well as local community organizations to assist with recovery efforts and community healing, including The Humane Society of Inland Mendocino, the Fire Safe Council of Mendocino County, and Redwood Valley Emergency Fund.

We are dedicated to keeping our employees, neighbors and local community safe. We are mindful and vigilant of the wildfire danger that exists in our community and committed to working closely with fire officials to improve our current fire prevention program and ensure that, moving forward, we are at the forefront of wildfire prevention.

Jarom Fawson, President of Flow Cannabis Co. jarom.fawson@flowcannabis.co

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