Holly Hotel blaze: Firefighters battle massive fire at Michigan's historic railroad-era hotel

Holly Hotel was President George Bush' only stop in Michigan during his 1992 re-election campaign


                            Holly Hotel blaze: Firefighters battle massive fire at Michigan's historic railroad-era hotel
Holly Hotel, Michigan, caught under severe fire on Tuesday afternoon. (Photo: WXYZ Detroit Live/ Downtown Holly/Facebook)
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Holly Hotel, a renowned place known for serving several historic figures was caught up in rising flames on Tuesday, June 21. Situated in the Oakland County village of Holly, the hotel has reportedly served a President, sports teams, state governors, and such. Tragically, the fire spread to other surrounding businesses on Broad Street. Oakland County executive David Coulter said that at least three businesses were affected by the fire. The firefighters rushed to the blazing scene to combat it. Battle Alley Arcade Antiques Mall was also caught up in rigorous flames along with Holly Hotel. No injuries or fatalities have been reported yet.

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Holly Moose Lodge's Facebook account is active and updating every major development, previously posting, "Prayer warriors unite! Building attached to Holly Moose is on fire. (Andy's) Fenton Fire has ladder truck spraying Holly Moose roof! Pray, pray, pray!" Andy's Place explained on Facebook that the fire broke out at the back of the building on Tuesday afternoon. The videos shared by Holly Hotel's Facebook account show a fire breaking out in front of a building located at 100 Battle Alley. So far, attempts to reach North Oakland County Fire Authority, the Holly Public Safety Department and DDA, Village President Thomas McKenney has also not returned the request for comments.

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Holly Moose Lodge shared an update saying, "While we are nowhere near out of the woods yet, fire responders report that the social quarters of the Holly Moose Lodge is dry. We do have smoke damage and the basement is flooded and still taking on water. All in all everyone in the Holly moose Andy's place and other businesses are all safe. Please continue your prayers."

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Holly Hotel's history with fire & historical figures

However, This isn't the first time that the historic hotel has caught fire. Two memorable dates for the hotel are January 19, 1913, and January 19, 1978. The second fire caused massive damages of $550,000. Almost after two years of the second fire, it was named on the National Register of Historic Places. Also, the place doesn't have a problem landing on some major publications after making it to important blogs like Bon Appetit, The New York Times, Better Homes and Gardens, Midwest Living, and almost every Michigan publication. The hotel got major publicity in 1992 when President George H. W. Bush made his only stop at this Michigan hotel during the 1992 re-elections. 

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The critically acclaimed hotel has enjoyed the win of awards like the American Automobile Association, GaultMillau, Zagat Survey, Fodor’s Guide, and the Mobil Guide. Apart from hosting a President, the hotel claims to have hosted every state governor since 1979. Important figures like Joel Grey and Detroit Red Wings. The hotel also started the second comedy club during that time called 'Holly Hotel Comedy Club' which has been graced by national acts such as Tim Allen, Jackie Vernon, Bill Mahar, etc.

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