Holland Twp. embroidery store fire called suspicious

Becky Vargo • Nov 21, 2017 at 7:13 PM

HOLLAND TWP. — A fire that destroyed a Holland-area business early Monday morning is now being called suspicious.

Emergency crews responded to Graphix Signs & Embroidery, 11223 E. Lakewood Blvd. in Holland Township, at 2:54 a.m. Monday  when someone reported smoke in the area. Fire crews remained on the scene until late in the morning to put out hot spots.

An investigation by Ottawa County Sheriff’s deputies and the Michigan State Police fire marshal revealed forced entry with a possible breaking and entering, according to Capt. Mark Bennett of the Sheriff’s Office. The fire appears to be suspicious, he said.

An accelerant dog was used to find possible evidence that was removed from the scene for further analysis, Bennett said. The cause of the fire has yet to be determined.

 Anyone with information on the fire is asked to call Silent Observer at 877-887-4536 or leave a tip online at mosotips.com.

Holland Township Fire Chief Jim Kohsel called the building a “total loss” as a result of the fire. Employees stood in the parking lot Monday morning and watched as Graphix Signs & Embroidery was torn down by an excavator. Employees declined to comment about the fire.

“We had a roof collapse, so we didn’t put people inside for safety, and there are a lot of hot spots in the outer membrane of the building,” Kohsel said.

Nobody was in the building when the fire started and there were no injuries.

Graphix Signs & Embroidery has been in business for 26 years and provides embroidery, signage, screen printing, promotional, PowerQuest items and marketing services.

Holland Sentinel reporter Audra Gamble contributed to this story.

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