OLIVE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — Aerial footage taken by a Zeeland City firefighter on the scene of Wednesday morning’s multi-business blaze showcases the damage the flames caused.
The footage was taken after much of the fire was knocked down. It shows Trin Polymers, where the fire started, and the neighboring Holland Pallet Repair collapsed with little more than ash and rubble left behind.
The footage also showcases the power of fire stops.
Despite the extreme heat caused by the fire, Magnum Equipment suffered far less damage than Trin or Holland Pallet. It will only have to clean up smoke and water damage. The flames, for the most part, were held off by a fire wall between Magnum and Holland Pallet.
There was also a fire stop between Trin and Holland Pallet, but that wall failed under the intense heat. The chemicals housed in the polymer company and the wood pallets next door certainly didn’t make matters any better.
There were also propane tanks on scene that exploded as the fire intensified.
Firefighters say the fire apparently started with a machine used at Trin, though their investigation about why it caught fire continues.
Complicating matters was the fact that firefighters struggled to get water to the property to fight the inferno. The fire hydrant system was shut down in the area rendering the closest hydrants useless. It also stopped the building’s sprinkler system from activating.
Watch the entire aerial video here via YouTube: