Detectives have leads in 2 suspicious fires

Ottawa County

One of the Holland houses that was on fire on Nov. 16. (From the Holland Sentinel)

HOLLAND, Mich. (WOOD) — Holland police detectives say they have identified a person of interest in connection to two residential fires that happened Saturday.

Holland police and fire officials have been investigating the fires and are asking for the public’s help.

They ask that anyone living in the area of 16th Street, 17th Street or 18th Street who may have seen suspicious behavior, or anyone with surveillance cameras who sees anyone walking through the area between midnight and 8 a.m to contact them.

Their investigation, which included an arson dog, led them to believe that acceleratants were used in both fires. This led them to the person of interest.

Anyone with information is asked to call detectives at 616.355.1150 or email policetips@cityofholland.com. You can also call Silent Observer anonymously at 1.877.88.SILENT (745368) or text a tip to 274627.

The first fire happened just before 3:30 a.m. on West 16th Street near South River Avenue. It was put out quickly and there was no significant damage.

The seconds fire happened around 7:30 a.m. on East 18th Street near Collage Avenue. There was significant damage and they say a firefighter suffered minor injuries while putting the fire out.

Courtesy photo of a Holland residential fire from Gabriela Garcia. (Nov. 16, 2019)
One of the Holland houses that was on fire on Nov. 16. (From the Holland Sentinel)

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