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Holland Twp. fire may be linked to water heater problem


HOLLAND TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- Investigators say the explosion at a Holland Township apartment Wednesday may be linked to a water heater problem.

Maria Fuentes, 60, and her 2-year-old granddaughter, Layla Romero, were both burned because of that blast. Fuentes is in critical condition; the child is in stable condition.

The explosion happened just before noon Wednesday.

The apartments are on Lakewood Boulevard just west of US-31.


Two people burned in Holland apartment fire


HOLLAND TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- A toddler and a woman believed to be her grandmother suffered serious burns on Wednesday when their apartment was suddenly engulfed by flames.

Firefighters say an initial explosion and then fire started just before noon at the Pompa Vidals apartment complex on East Lakewood Boulevard in Holland Township.

Maria Gutierrez-Fuentes, 60, and Layla Cahue-Romero, 2, were taken to Butterworth Hospital for their injuries. As of Thursday morning, Layla is listed as stable, while Maria is in critical condition.

An explosion turned a beautiful day into an ugly mess in seconds at the Pompa Vidals apartment complex.

"I talked to my wife, 'Was that thunder?', She said, 'No, it's a beautiful day outside', looked out the back and there was debris everywhere," says Juan Contreras who lives at the apartment complex.

There was smoke, flames, and a loud sound.

Missing Holland man found alive


HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) -- A missing, 85-year-old Holland man has been found Wednesday evening after being reported missing earlier in the day.

Bernard Ebels had last been seen around 7:15 a.m. Wednesday at the Appledorn Assisted Living Center, located at 411 Ida Red Parkway, according to a Holland Department of Public Safety news release. Family arrived later in the morning to visit but was unable to find him.

The search for him included a Michigan State Police helicopter.

Around 6:45 p.m., Ebels was found on Heritage Court near 24th St. in Holland, according to Holland police. An ambulance took Ebels to Holland Community Hospital for evaluation.


Holland voters to decide new mayor


HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) -- It is the first time Holland voters get to choose a mayor since former Mayor Kurt Dykstra stepped down in July. Since then, Mayor Bob Vandevusse, who was appointed by the city council, has taken over as mayor.

Vandevusse is facing off against Nancy De Boer, who is a city council member and the first woman to be running for the mayor of Holland.

The clerk's office tells WZZM 13 there's been a steady flow of voters throughout the day on Tuesday.

WZZM 13 spoke to a few of voters who had high praise for former Mayor Kurt Dykstra. They say they hope whoever replaces him can do just as a good a job.

"Kurt Dykstra has done a fabulous job and unfortunately we're going to miss him, but (I'm) really happy about the candidates we have now and I think moving forward we're going to do a great job," says voter Matt Ryzenga.

WATCH: Planting Tulip Lanes in Holland


HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) -- With over seven miles of tulip lanes filled with over 250,000 tulip bulbs, planting the Tulip Lanes in Holland takes careful planning and a custom built machine to pull it off.

Watch the video below to see how the City of Holland Parks Department does it. Can't see the video? View it here.

Zeeland man airlifted to hospital after crash with milk truck


ZEELAND TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- One person is recovering from injuries sustained in a crash with a tanker truck, according to the Ottawa County Sheriff's Department.

The man, a 47-year-old Zeeland resident, was traveling eastbound on Adams Street near 48th Avenue when he collided into a milk tanker truck, which was backing up into a private drive. 

The accident happened just after 4:40 a.m. Sunday.

Police say the man was pinned inside his vehicle after the crash. He was extricated from the vehicle and airlifted by Aero Med helicopter to a Grand Rapids hospital. He was listed in stable condition.

The truck driver, a 30-year-old Holland man, was unhurt. The truck had its lights on at the time of the crash, police say.

Two candidates running to be Holland mayor


HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) -- Two candidates are running to be mayor of Holland.

It's a nonpartisan race between current Mayor Bob Vandevusse and city council member Nancy De Boer.

De Boer says she is the first woman to be running for mayor of Holland.

Vandevusse took over as Mayor after former Mayor Kurt Dykstra resigned earlier this year.

"Since I was mayor pro tem, I became mayor on July 1, effective with his resignation," says Mayor Vandevusse. "It's something I've enjoyed very much all 24 years as a council member, has been very satisfying, Holland is a great place to live, and I appreciate being part of its government."