Sparks likely cause for third fire at Holland plant

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HOLLAND, Mich. (WOOD) — Investigators say sparks caused by equipment were to blame for an overnight fire at a Holland manufacturing plant.

Firefighters were called to Challenge Manufacturing off Washington Avenue, south of I-196 just before 11:15 p.m. Wednesday.  By the time they arrived, flames were coming from the roof.

Crews from Holland Township and Graafschap quickly contained the fire and put out the flames within minutes.

According to the Holland Department of Public Safety, the fire started when sparks from work equipment hit flammable framing around a skylight.

Workers who evacuated the building where allowed back into the facility shortly after the fire.  No one was injured.

Firefighters were called to the manufacturer two other times for similar problems.  In June 2014, Holland DPS believed a fire that started on the roof was also caused by sparks that hit a skylight framing support .  In February 2015, crews were called to another roof fire, which damaged the wood framing on a skylight.  No one was injured during either fire.

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