Well-known local farmer's barn catches fire

BERRIEN COUNTY, Mich. -- Several Berrien County-area fire departments responded to blazes that broke out at a barn on the 2000 block of Red Bud Trail in Bertrand Township around 3 a.m. Thursday.

The barn is owned by the Vite family, a farm that's been operating since the 1920's. The Vites sell sweet corn and other produce to Martin's Supermarkets.

The barn and its contents are considered a total loss.

The structure housed small tractors, car parts and some potentially hazardous chemicals.

Crews say they contained the chemical runoff to a certain area and prevented ground contamination.

The cause of the fire is undetermined at this time.

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