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Crews respond to Holland factory fire


HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) -- Firefighters are working with the owners of a Holland factory to make sure the facility does not catch fire again.

The building housing Challenge Manufacturing on West Washington Avenue near U.S. 31 caught fire around 11 p.m. Wednesday.

Investigators believe the flames started on the roof near the facility's skylight. They say it was likely caused by sparks from welding that was going on at the time.

This is not the first time firefighters have been called out the Challenge Manufacturing, but they say company leaders are listening to their suggestions about how to prevent future fires.

Workers resumed operations shortly after the fire was put out.


Motorcyclist in stable condition after morning accident


HOLLAND TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- A motorcyclist is listed in stable condition Wednesday after an accident near the Lakeshore.

Just after 7 a.m., Kristan Maher, 47, pulled out of the ClearView Apartments into the path of motorcyclist David Naber, 28. Naber was heading south on 120th Ave.

Maher and her passenger, Declan Maher, 16, were not injured. Naber was taken to Holland Hospital with a leg injury. He was wearing a helmet at the time of the accident.

The accident remains under investigation.

'Influx' of vaccine-waiver applicants led to 8-day wait


HOLLAND TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- New state requirements for vaccination waivers led to an eight-day waiting period at the Ottawa County Health Department at the start of school this year.

WZZM 13 is looking into what caused the delays and what's being done about it.

Even a crash-course on vaccinations takes a significant amount of time, when enough parents try to schedule an appointment all at once. That led to an eight-day waiting period for an appointment at the Ottawa County Department of Public Health around the start of this school year.

"We had an influx of appointments the week before school and just a couple days after; some of the appointments were taking up to eight days," says Kristina Wieghmink, communications specialist for the Ottawa County Department of Public Health.

Tulip Time 2016 entertainment revealed


HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) -- Amid falling leaves, Tulip Time organizers already are thinking spring.

The entertainment line-up for the 2016 event has been announced and features "Blue Collar" comedian Bill Engvall. He originally was set to perform last year but because of a family engagement, the comic was forced to cancel.

"All systems are go this year," organizers said in a news release.

Tickets for Engvall's show and all other programs go on sale Nov. 9 and can be purchased at tuliptime.com, in person at the festival box office at 74 West 8th St. in Holland or by calling 800-822-2770.

Here's a rundown of all events slated for Tulip Time, which runs May 7-14, 2016:

National shows:

Firefighter proposes during Holland fire truck parade


HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) -- Holland's fire truck parade Friday night was made even more special than usual.

It was the 33rd annual fire truck parade, featuring more than 50 fire trucks. The parade kicks off Fire Safety Week.

Along the way, Holland man Nicholas Flamboe, who's a Holland Twp. firefighter, stopped the truck he was in, got out, and surprised his girlfriend, Becca Dankovic, with a marriage proposal. She said yes, and joined him in the truck for the rest of the parade.

Best wishes to the happy couple!

Salvation Army closes in on $1.5M goal for Holland building


HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) -- We're getting an update on a major fundraising effort to expand the Salvation Army in Holland.

Representatives announced Wednesday that the "Do the Most Good" campaign has raised $1 million out of the $1.5 million dollars needed.

The money will help pay for a larger building and new services.

Salvation Army leaders say the $4-million project is aimed at helping the most vulnerable in the community.

"This building is not going to be expanded in terms of office space but rather service space and primarily directed toward children and families (with) ways to bring people together that have needs," said Richard Chambers, chairman of the Salvation Army Advisory Board.

Salvation Army leaders say they will begin construction as soon as they collect the half-a-million dollars needed.

Woman fights off assailant who pulled her from car


MANLIUS TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- A 25-year-old woman was assaulted in her garage by an unknown assailant early Tuesday, police say.

The woman just had gotten in her car to go to work when a male suspect opened the door and pulled her from the vehicle, according to an Allegan County Sheriff's Department news release. She was able to fight the man off.

Police responded around 6:20 a.m. to the 5600 block of 136th Avenue.

A police K-9 unit searched the woman's property upon arrival but was unsuccessful. The suspect might have parked a vehicle behind an outbuilding prior to sneaking up on the woman and attacking her, causing minor injuries, police say.

Police aren't sure what the man wanted.

Nearby Hamilton Public Schools went on lock down as a precaution.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact the Allegan County Sheriff's Department at 26-673-0500.