HOLLY, Mich. (WNEM) – According to the Oakland County Fire Chief, five firefighters and one resident were taken to nearby hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries during a fire in downtown Holly.
Crews said a fire in downtown Holly damaged two structures, including a historic building. Multiple fire departments responded to the Holly Moose Lodge after it caught fire on S. Broad Street on Tuesday afternoon.
Officials say the flames quickly spread to the historic Holly Hotel.
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The Oakland County dispatch said it first received the call about the fire at 4:01 p.m. Tuesday.
“It breaks my heart,” said Kelly Jochims, manager of the Battle Alley Arcade Antiques mall.
“It got so bad so fast,” said Iron Wood Refinery manager Josh Murphy.
Residents of Holly and nearby towns gathered to watch the flames destroy a handful of historic buildings.
Murphy saw the flame when it started around 4 p.m. Tuesday.
“It was the most surreal thing I’ve ever seen. The facade of the building went down the middle of the aisle, then the transformers left. It was just crazy,” Murphy said.
Officials say the fire started at the Battle Alley Arcade mall and then spread from there.
“The arch is gone, Andy’s is just a shell. The moose next door, we don’t know how it happened yet. The hotel has lost part of its roof. So that’s bad,” Murphy said.
“It hurts. It hurts. I lost my job today, and everyone I work with is like family. How am I going to see my family?” Jochims said.
Loss of a workplace for many and lost history for many others.
“I am a commissioner for the historic district of the village of Holly, so to see this is just horrifying. It’s a piece of our history. We’re about to lose a quarter of our city today,” Murphy said.
They say the Holly Hotel is haunted.
Due to the extreme use of water to fight the fire, the Village of Holly has declared that the water in the village will be brown at this time. This is not a boil water advisory and the water should be clear soon, the village said.
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