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Fire at Nelis' Dutch Village destroys building

This is the second fire at the Dutch Village in less than a year.

HOLLAND, Michigan — For the second time in less than a year, firefighters were called to Nelis' Dutch Village in Holland Township to battle a structure fire. 

Ottawa County Central Dispatch says a driver was passing by the Dutch Village on James Street just after 1 a.m. Tuesday and saw flames and smoke coming from one of the buildings.

Firefighters were able to get the fire knocked down around 1:40 a.m. and cleared the scene around 3 a.m. 

There have been no reports of any injuries to either humans or animals and it's not clear what started the fire.

We are also working to find out what the building was being used for and what was inside at the time of the fire. 

On June 9, 2022, an overnight fire broke out at the park's petting barn. Bystanders were able to get many animals away from the fire, but Nelis' Dutch Village owners posted on Facebook saying some animals were killed.

The park was forced to close for investigation and clean up, but reopened about a week later.  

The Dutch village was opened in 1952. Since then, it's become a staple of the Holland community and the Tulip Time Festival.

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