Today, at 3:27 PM the Holland Fire Department was dispatched to a fire in a residence 304 West 17th. The first arriving unit advised that there was a working fire in the kitchen with heavy fire present with smoke throughout the structure. Shortly after arrival, fire crews made entry to the residence to confirm that all occupants were out and extinguish the fire in the kitchen area. The fire was brought under control quickly however it extended to the exterior of the back of the structure. Heavy smoke was found throughout the first and second floors. Fire crews remained on scene for close to 2 hours searching for any hidden fire in the walls and ceilings of the fire area and evacuating smoke from the remainder of the structure.
Damage estimates and the cause of the fire are not available at this time. The fire is being investigated by the department's Fire Marshal. There were no injuries to occupants or responding personnel and the Holland Police Department was able to identify that all occupants were accounted for early into the incident.
Other agencies providing assistance for this incident included the HDPS Victims Services Unit and American Medical Response.
The Holland Fire Department would like to remind everyone that working smoke alarms save lives. Test yours on a monthly basis.