Family vows to rebuild Fayette garden center destroyed by fire

Cellurale Garden Center was getting ready to open Monday for the holiday season until a fire ravaged the Dunbar Township property on Sunday.

This entire front area was filled with wreaths and poinsettias, ribbons and bows, but it burned to the ground and nothing is salvageable.

“All the Christmas wreaths, all the stuff my wife and mom makes inside,” said John Cellurale. “Ribbons, bows, you name it, it was in there.”


The popular family-owned business has served Dunbar Township for 63 years, and it's where many people come to buy their Christmas trees.

“My great-grandfather, original owner of the dairy farm, turned it into a Christmas tree farm,” Cellurale said.

The fire marshal was at the scene Sunday and insurance agents were there all day Monday going through the debris and trying to figure out what started the fire.

Cellurale told us his family will rebuild, showing Channel 11 a photo of what they hope their future business might look like, right on the same family-owned property.

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He told us the outpouring of support over the last 24 hours has been incredible.

“Everyone tells a story,” he said. “Coming here when they were a child, growing up, bringing their children here. Their main concern is, ‘Are we going to be able to get our Christmas tree this year?’ One hundred percent yes, guarantee we will be open and ready to go.”

The family is hoping by this time next year they will have a brand new building. There is still no word on what started the fire.