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MI fire damages a hotel and several other businesses in northern Oakland County Village


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A hotel was among several businesses damaged as a fire swept through part of the downtown of a northern Oakland County village in Michigan.

Dozens of firefighters from area departments battled the blaze, which started about 4 p.m. Tuesday in Holly, about 53 miles (85 kilometers) northwest of Detroit.

About a half-dozen people, including five firefighters, required medical treatment due to the heat from the flames and hot weather as temperatures Tuesday topped 90 degrees.

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The fire appears to have started near a building that housed an antiques and collectibles shop.

A fire damaged property and caused multiple injuries in the historic downtown area of Oakland County, Michigan.

Jon Ruthenbeck, a member of the Oakland County Incident Management Team, told The Detroit News that about a half-dozen structures suffered flame or smoke damage.

Among those damaged were the Holly Hotel, a bar and grill, and the Holly Moose Lodge.

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“This is every small village’s worst nightmare, to have a fire in your historic downtown,” Holly Village Manager Jerry Walker told WJRT-TV. “The buildings that were all affected, they’re all 1800s buildings, as old as 1850.”

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The cause of the fire was under investigation Wednesday.



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