Volunteer fire crews fight big Zeeland Twp. blaze

ZEELAND TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — A fire at a Zeeland Township barn sent smoke billowing into the air Monday afternoon and prompted dozens for firefighters in the area to respond to the scene.

Firefighters were called to Midway Dairy Farms at 5630 New Holland St. Shortly before 1 p.m. on Labor Day.

Zeeland Township firefighters say they believe combustion in a damp bail of hay likely started the fire. No one was inside the barn.

Emergency responders said the building was about 40 feet by 100 feet and filled with hay. Responding firefighters said they could see smoke pouring from the barn from Chicago Drive.

The barn was destroyed.

In all, Zeeland Township Deputy Fire Chief Tom Jekel said some 60 people from his department and neighboring communities were involved in fighting the large fire. The vast majority, if not all of the firefighters on the scene were paid on-call volunteer firefighters who chose to respond on their Labor Day holiday.

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