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Fire at Holland apartment building leaves no one injured

Posted at 4:55 PM, Jun 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-01 16:55:23-04

HOLLAND, Mich. — No residents were injured at a Holland fire at apartment near Holland Heights school park.

Holland Department of Public Safety Fire & Police responded to an apartment fire at 791 East 16th Street at 4:48 am this morning, where a fire was reported in Building C with fire visible from the rear of the building.

Upon arrival, it was learned that there were occupants in the 12-unit apartment building that were possibly trapped.

The fire was contained and under control within an hour of arrival. After thorough search of the building, all occupants as well as 3 pets were accounted for and are doing well.

All residents were able to be evacuated from the building safely and quick activation of the building fire alarm by residents proved to be an important factor in early notification.

There were no injuries as a result of the fire, however one occupant was transported to the hospital by AMR due to a medical emergency that was not a direct result of the fire.

Although the fire was contained to the west side of the building, all residents of the building will be displaced for some time as is damage is repaired. It is not known how long this will be.

After investigations conducted by the Holland Fire Marshal and the Michigan State Police, the fire was determined to have originated on the second-floor balcony. The cause of the fire is undetermined; smoking cannot be ruled out as a cause.

As a reminder the Holland Department of Public Safety would like to remind residents that test their smoke alarms and to close your doors when sleeping.