One unit demolished, three others with heavy smoke following fire in Holland

Published: Nov. 20, 2022 at 8:41 PM EST|Updated: Nov. 20, 2022 at 8:42 PM EST
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HOLLAND, Ohio (WTVG) - A row of local businesses went up in flames Sunday night in Holland.

The initial call came in around 7:20 p.m. for the commercial structure fire on Angola Road just past South McCord Road.

The Springfield Township Fire Department was quickly on scene as its building is right around the corner. 13abc spoke to a battalion chief from the fire department Monday.

“Last night at approximately 7:20 they got reports of smoke in the area. They pulled up and found the front of this to be well involved with both smoke and fire,” says Andrew Sauder, battalion chief for the Springfield Township Fire Department.

There were four businesses in the building. Park Barber Shop, the third business down, is unrecognizable and damaged beyond repair.

“Most of these buildings were affected in some way by either smoke, fire or the crews going in having to make sure they cut it off. One building is a complete loss. The other three, that’s going to be up to insurance,” says Sauder.

Officials say no one was injured in the fire. Sauder says he’s unsure if fire alarms were used here but reminds people that alarms can save a life. Just a few weeks ago 13abc brought you a story about a family in Toledo that was saved from a house fire because of smoke detectors.

“Also remind people to please, please check your smoke detectors,” says Sauder. “This is the time of the year to check your furnace vents. Make sure that your carbon monoxide alarms are working.”

Sauder also says that as the temperature gets colder outside, people are more likely to turn on their space heaters, which can be a fire hazard.

“Be mindful of space heaters. Don’t have those overloaded with plugs just plug things directly into the wall and watch your use of space heaters as the weather is going to be cold for a lot of months.”

The state fire marshal was called in to investigate the cause of the fire.

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