Two Mich. firefighters injured fighting residential fire

One firefighter was injured when a portion of ceiling collapsed while working crews were working inside the building, and a second firefighter suffered a minor hand injury


Holland Sentinel

HOLLAND, Mich. — Two firefighters were injured Sunday morning while they battled a residential fire in the city of Holland.

At 10:43 a.m. Nov. 1, the Holland Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a residential fire at 423 College Ave. on calls that the back of the house was on fire.

Upon arrival, firefighters said the back of the structure was well involved with fire. It was believed all residents were able to escape, and firefighters went to work searching the inside of the residence to confirm no occupants and extinguishing the fire. The fire was brought under control quickly, however crews remained on scene to continue extinguishing fire that extended into the walls, second floor and attic spaces.

"Quick action by firefighters prevented the wind driven fire from extending into other residences in close proximity to this structure," according to a statement from HDPS.

There were no injuries to the occupants, however one firefighter was injured when a portion of ceiling collapsed while working crews were working inside the building. A second firefighter suffered a minor hand injury.

The structure sustained significant fire and smoke damage, according to officials; occupants will be displaced for some time.

Officials said the fire appeared to have originated in the rear of the structure, however the cause had not been determined. The department's fire marshal was conducting an investigation and updates will be provided as they become available.

Assisting on scene was the Holland Township, Park Township and Graafschap fire department. Assistance was also received from Holland police, AMR, HDPS Victims' Advocates, Ottawa County Volunteer Services and the American Red Cross.

Smoke alarms inside the residence were active at the time of the fire.

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McClatchy-Tribune News Service

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