Two barns caught fire Dec. 11 at Seely's Landscape Nursery, 3625 Walcutt Road. The business wasn't open at the time, and no one was injured.

Two barns caught fire Dec. 11 at Seely's Landscape Nursery, 3625 Walcutt Road. The business wasn't open at the time, and no one was injured.

"It destroyed about every piece of equipment we had," owner Roger Seely Sr. said, including excavators, plows, saws and tractors. "Everything was all lined up in the storage areas, keeping dry and put away safe for the winter."

The two barns were over 150 years old and nearly 100 years old, Seely said.

"We're open for business, as much as we can be. We don't even have a wheelbarrow, we don't have a shovel. A landscaper without a shovel isn't much," Seely said.

Twenty-one pieces of equipment from the Columbus, Upper Arlington, Norwich and Washington township fire departments battled the blaze in frigid weather that made the excess water a hazard for the battalions.

"The whole parking lot, the road, everything around it - it was the first ice skating rink in the city of Hilliard that night," said Captain Eric Manske of the Norwich Township Fire Department. "It was very dangerous. Just walking alone was a chore."

Despite the conditions, the firemen kept the blaze from spreading. "We had it under control in a very short time," Manske said.

Investigators haven't determined the cause of the fire.

Seely began his landscaping business in German Village in 1970. It moved to its present 17-acre Hilliard location in 1988. Seely's specializes in shade plants.