HOLLAND TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — A farmhouse at Nelis’ Dutch Village near Holland burned early Tuesday morning, the second fire at the theme park in eight months.
Ottawa County dispatchers said authorities got the call around 1 a.m. Tuesday for a report of the fire at the Dutch Village on James Street between Beeline Road and 120th Avenue in Holland Township. Multiple fire trucks responded and knocked the fire down in about a half hour.
Investigators said the fire is not believed to be suspicious.
In June 2022, a fire destroyed a barn at Nelis’ Dutch Village, killing some animals. The barn housed rabbits, chickens, and goats. That fire also damaged the same farmhouse that burned Tuesday.
“The structure was the farmhouse that was connected to the barn,” Dutch Village President Joseph Nelis said. “It’s called a Friesian Barn and Farmhouse. And when the barn burned last June, it burned so hot, so quickly that it literally just collapsed … the farmhouse was actually largely spared.”
“We’re getting very close to breaking ground on rebuilding the barn and so the preparations were being made to restore the farmhouse as well,” Nelis added.
He said the June 2022 fire was blamed on electrical problems. Since then, electrical and gas have been shut off in the area where the farmhouse fire happened.
“It really makes you scratch your head and wonder,” Nelis said. “I’m not a particularly suspicious person but it kind of makes you wonder.”
There were no reports of injuries in Tuesday’s fire. Nelis said the latest fire may impact the opening of the theme park’s petting zoo.