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No one injured, 1 dog killed in early morning house fire

Holland Sentinel • Jan 3, 2016 at 4:13 PM

Holland fire officials responded to a house fire on 16th Street between Fairbanks and Lincoln Avenue at about 4:17 a.m. Sunday.

The Holland Department of Public Safety said no injuries were reported in the incident, although a dog perished in the fire.

According to a news release from the Holland police, HDPS Fire personnel were dispatched to a home at 269 E. 16th St. for a fire. On the way, they were advised of potential occupants on the second floor being trapped. They arrived at about 4:22 a.m. and reported heavy fire on the second floor as they "immediately initiated search and rescue efforts," according to the release. After the initial search and talking to witnesses at the scene, fire personnel determined all occupants had been able to escape. However, a dog on the second floor was not able to make it out.

The residence sustained significant fire damage, police said, although no damage estimates were given. The origin and cause of the fire is still under investigation.

HDPS Fire Services Stations 1, 2 and 3 responded to the call, and assistance was received from HDPS Police Services, AMR and the Park Township Fire Department. The Graafschap Fire Department and Holland Charter Township Fire Department provided standby during the incident for subsequent responses in the city. Additional assistance was provided by the HDPS Victims Services Unit and the American Red Cross, Canteen Services.

Police said that block of 16th Street was closed as personnel cleared the scene and advised motorists to use 14th Street as a detour.

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