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Posted on: May 11, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Suspect Pleads Guilty to Two Charges of Arson for November House Fires

UPDATE 05/11/2020:

On Friday May 8, Michael Mcneer pled guilty to Arson charges for the two house fires that took place at 87 E 18th Street and 17 W 16th Street last November.  He pled guilty to 3rd Degree Arson and Habitual Offender 3rd and 4th in the Ottawa County 20th Circuit Court, and is scheduled for sentencing on June 5, 2020.  Mcneer remains lodged in the Ottawa County jail pending sentencing.

UPDATE 11/20/19:

Holland Police arrested 35 year old Michael Mcneer (photo attached) on arson charges for the two house fires that occurred early Saturday morning. After piecing together evidence and conducting interviews over the last several days, detectives presented the case to the Ottawa County Prosecutors Office today. The felony charges of Arson - Second Degree and Arson - Third Degree were authorized, and Mcneer is being held at the Ottawa County Jail on a total bond of $1,000,000 cash/surety.

UPDATE 11/19/19:

Holland Police detectives have identified a person of interest in the two arson investigations below. Police and Fire investigators have been following up on leads and piecing together evidence over the last two days, and are looking for the public’s help. Anyone living in the areas of 16th Street, 17th Street, and 18th Street between River Avenue and Columbia Avenue are asked to call if they have home surveillance video of anyone walking through the area between midnight and 8:00 a.m., or if they observed suspicious behavior in this area late Friday night or early Saturday morning.

The combined effort between Police and Fire, along with the assistance of the Kent County Sheriff’s Department arson dog, has led investigators to believe that accelerants were used in both fires and has led detectives to the person of interest.

Anyone with information related to this incident is asked to send an email to or call detectives at 616-355-1150.


The Holland Department of Public Safety Fire Services responded to two fires in the early morning hours of 11/16/19. The first fire was reported at 03:27 a.m. at 17 W 16th Street, and was quickly extinguished without significant damage. The second fire was reported at 07:30 a.m. at 87 E 18th Street and involved significant damage and a firefighter who suffered a minor injury while fighting the fire.

Holland Police Detectives along with the Holland Fire Marshal are investigating both fires as suspicious in nature. The fires are believed to be connected. Anyone with information related to this incident is asked to send an email to or call detectives at 616-355-1150. You may also call Silent Observer anonymously at 1-877-88-SILENT, text OCMTIP and your message to 274627, or visit the Silent Observer website at

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