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Barn at historic Dutch village destroyed in overnight fire

Authorities say there have not been reports of any deaths or injuries to the animals inside the barn.

HOLLAND, Mich. — An overnight fire has destroyed a barn at the historic Nelis' Dutch Village in Holland. 

Ottawa County Dispatch confirms to 13 ON YOUR SIDE that the fire was called in shortly after 12:30 a.m. Thursday and by the time firefighters got there, the barn was fully involved. 

They say it took just over 45 minutes for firefighters to knock down the fire. 

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Firefighters work on scene after a fire destroys a barn at the Dutch Village in Holland

The barn was home to several animals, but authorities say they have received no reports of death or injuries to any humans or animals. 

A witness who posted images of the fire on Facebook says bystanders were able to free some of the animals shortly after the fire began. 

Joe Nelis, the park's owner told 13 On Your Side he was thankful the fire stopped short of spreading to nearby buildings, including the attached animal pens.

He also said Dutch Village had received an outpouring of support. 

"It's definitely part of the identity of the community," Nelis said. "I think we're seeing that... with the comments and you know, the text messages and all the people coming by and expressing their concern and offers to help have been just phenomenal."

Crews were on scene for several hours. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

This is a developing story. Please check back later for updates.

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