Boats, Vintage Cars and Mobile Home Burned In Fire

Posted at 6:50 PM, Feb 23, 2013
and last updated 2013-02-23 18:50:12-05

HOLLAND TOWNSHIP, Mich– It’s a building that had many uses.

“My husband came here to work on the snow mobile today and noticed that it was on fire, and all the sudden I get here and the fire trucks are here,” Mary Vandeburg said.

Mary Vandenburg and her husband are the owners of Custom Concrete and know this building well. The two store items for their business inside.

She says it’s hard to watch their building go up in flames.  Mary says the building is broken up into three units, and the fire started in the same unite as Lake Michigan Crematorium, a business that recently moved in.

“He just got started this springtime and just started getting things rolling for his business,” Vandeburg

According to the Holland Township Fire Department, the fire started around 10:45 Saturday morning in the west side of the building.  Mary says some of the units were rented out for storage, so it contained a large amount of cars, trucks, boats and even a mobile home.

“There was a lot of smoke due to the boats inside, a lot of fiberglass burning. We are being very careful with how we operate. The firefighters did a fantastic job, we are operating at more of a marathon pace to be safe, but also be effect in the firefighting as well,” Jim Kohsel, Holland Township Fire Department said.

No one was in the building when it caught fire, and no one was injured. Now, Mary says all that’s left is to sort through the ashes and see what’s left.

“I feel bad for the people that have stuff inside. They have boats in here and antique cars. Steve is just getting his business going and now this happens. I feel bad for the people involved,” Vandeburg said.

Fire crews don’t believe the fire was started by the crematorium, because it wasn’t being used.