HOLLAND TWP. — A bunch of locals rushed to avoid wasting animals throughout a totally concerned barn fire at Nelis’ Dutch Village early Thursday.
“It was loopy,” mentioned native third-shifter David Brown, who smelled smoke throughout his go to to Planet Fitness. “I instructed the employee, and he began wanting at the tanning beds, considering one in all them is perhaps on fire. I opened the door and regarded outdoors, and it was foggy and smoky. I adopted after which I noticed.”
It was a small flame at first, Brown mentioned, however grew rapidly. After capturing some video and watching animals run from the barn, Brown realized they weren’t getting very far.
“They had been trapped within the (pens) closest to the barn,” he mentioned. “Another younger girl from the health club got here out, and different individuals got here out, and we jumped over the fences and tried to determine the place the openings had been. It was onerous, we had been panicked. We tore up a pair and figured it out.
“But as soon as we received them open, the animals had been afraid. In the top, we began tossing sheep and goats over fences. People had been serving to to herd or corral the animals, after which the fire division received there and stepped in and took care of the fire.”
Ottawa County dispatchers had been alerted round 12:30 a.m. The fire was reportedly contained to the barns and extinguished earlier than 1:30 a.m. No individuals or animals have been reported as injured.
“We all simply did what we might,” Brown mentioned. “I used to be relieved to listen to the animals made it out, as a result of after I got here across the nook, I heard them and I used to be making an attempt to speak to them. It was devastating to assume some may nonetheless be inside.”
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Nelis’ Dutch Village — situated at 12350 James St. — has been a staple for guests for many years. The enterprise has not too long ago undergone renovations, together with the removing of a number of buildings close to James Street and the creation of a brand new parking zone. The modifications are a part of a five-year plan for brand new buildings and points of interest.
It’s unclear what induced the fire.
This story can be up to date as extra info turns into accessible.
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