A large fire in Ottawa County required local firefighters to call in help from nearby communities to assist in putting out the flames.
Crews were dispatched to a turkey farm around 1:45 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, near Garfield Street and 76th Avenue. Upon arrival, firefighters reported the fire so extensive that many more crews were needed to help put it out.
According to Coopersville Fire Chief Scott Schoolcraft, the Coopersville Fire Department called in nine other stations to help control the blaze including: Allendale, Alpine Township, Casnovia, Ravenna and others.
This particular area in Polkton Township is a non-hydrant area, Schoolcraft says, and fire responders were required to fill up their trucks in other locations to bring water to the scene.
Firefighters report that two barns were completely lost to fire damage, along with livestock inside. It is unknown how many turkeys were lost.
As firefighters arrived to the scene, the roof collapsed on one of the barns and prevented entry. A separate excavation crew will be on scene to remove the fallen roof, clean up debris and put out the final flames.
Schoolcraft says that it took firefighters about 30 to 40 minutes to get the fire under control.
No injuries have been reported and there will be continued investigation to determine how the fire started.