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Ottawa Co. fire a “slow battle” for crews

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OLIVE TOWNSHIP, Mich. -- A fire impacted at least three different businesses in Ottawa County early Wednesday morning.

Fire officials tell us that the morning has been a "slow battle" in fighting the fire that started around 5 a.m.

The fire started at Trin Polymer on Barry Street just off US-31, and it required the response of several fire departments as smoke wafted across US-31, affecting visibility. The smoke plume could be seen in Holland to James Street and south.

When crews arrived, they immediately started calling for additional help, and spent the next few hours getting the flames and heavy smoke under control.

The building houses several businesses: Trin Polymer, Holland Pallets, and Magnum Lifts.  There is very little left of the structure.

Employees had evacuated the building while crews arrived.  Two firefighters were taken to the hospital for heat exhaustion and smoke exposure.

The Olive Township fire chief said that there have been traces of cyanide detected in the smoke.



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6 comments

  • Mike

    I drive west on 96 from Grand Rapids into Coopersville and the smoke is moving across 96 between Coopersville and Marne.

  • Susan

    Your report above states “Monday” morning. It is Wednesday. The fire is happening today! I pulled over for numerous firetrucks on 136th Ave on my way to my job on New Holland Street, and had difficulty turning off 136th onto New Holland Street, because of the firetrucks at that intersection filling with water from the hydrant there. And we keep hearing more sirens as we watch out our back door to make sure the fire is not progressing in our direction.. It is now 10:15 in the morning and we can still see the smoke..

  • Maureen

    11:15 AM, and it’s still burning away over there. That is nasty stuff and it could keep burning for a very long time. The only good thing about this is the wind is blowing it in the direction where there’s not a lot of people so I’m grateful for that part. Everyone just hope the wind doesn’t change direction.

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