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VIDEO: Crews battle large fire at historic Holly Hotel

Posted at 5:44 PM, Jun 21, 2022
and last updated 2022-06-21 22:45:35-04

(WXYZ) — A massive fire broke out in downtown Holly Tuesday afternoon.

The Holly Hotel, a historic landmark in the village located at 110 Battle Aly, is one of the buildings in the area that caught fire. Parts of the building were destroyed.

Battle Alley Arcade Antiques Mall and Andy's Place were also impacted by the fire.

Extremely thick smoke filled the area, 7 Action News crews saw. At least five ladder trucks were pouring water on the buildings impacted.

VIDEO: Crews battle large fire at historic Holly Hotel

"Around 4 o'clock, there was apparently an electrical shortage at the back end of Battle Alley Arcade Antiques," Village of Holly Councilmember Richard Kinnamon said.

No major injuries were reported. But several firefighters were hospitalized with heat exhaustion.

“It’s kind of sad. I’ve lived in Holly all my life. It’s going to be different,” one person at the scene said.

The fire took out power in much of downtown Holly. A power company responded to the scene to work on the issue.

“It does have emotion to it. You feel tied to it, going in these buildings as a child,” another witness said.

Holly fire
A massive fire in downtown Holly on June 21, 2022.

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According to the Holly Hotel’s website, the hotel is referred to “as the most haunted historic building in Michigan.” The website also notes the hotel has had two major fires in the past, the first on January 19, 1913.

“All these people are going to be out of work — friends and neighbors,” one woman said.

Fire crews from 17 different departments responded to the scene. Crews were still on the scene Tuesday night.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.