Fire destroys pole barn near Zeeland

Ottawa County

ZEELAND TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — Fire crews were battling a fire Friday that destroyed a pole barn in Ottawa County.

Crews were called out around 1:40 a.m. for a report of a fire at Koeman Contracting on Chicago Drive near 48th Avenue in Zeeland Township.

A News 8 crew says the fire destroyed the pole barn, which housed two businesses — Koeman Contracting and Shoreline Rocks.

At one point, two ladders were up battling back the flames, which the business owner says were over 30-feet high.

Initially, there were reports of explosions. Responders at the scene said those were tires popping from too much exposure to heat.

Authorities on scene told News 8 that no one was hurt in the fire, which remains under investigation.

The owner says that he is leaning on faith as he looks to rebuild.

“What is God trying to teach me here with this problem,” said Brian Koeman, the owner. “We’ll get through it. I’m sure there’s a reason why it happened, but I don’t know that answer yet. We’ve got a great community here and we’ll get through it.” Zeeland Township firefighters will be checking on the site throughout the day

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