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Fire Destroys Barn near Constantine

Published: Friday, August 3, 2018

A large fire shut down part of the Business U.S. 131 bypass near Constantine in St. Joseph County (Mich.) Monday morning, and destroyed a barn at the Glen Miller farm.

The Miller family has owned the farm since the 1970s but are now looking to rebuild after the fire.

The fire started at 4:20 a.m. Ten departments responded to help get control of the flames and by 5:30 a.m. they were able to contain the fire. However, the Miller family's barn was completely destroyed by then. No one was hurt in the blaze.

The owner's granddaughter, Emillee Miller, said the barn was the backbone of their farm. It contained storage and the office where her mother did the bookwork.

The fire crew was able to contain the fire before it spread to the house, which is in close proximity to the barn. No crops were lost to the blaze, and there were no animals in the barn. The cause of the fire is unknown at this time, but the family suspects it may have been something electrical.

According to reports, northbound and southbound traffic on U.S. 131 bypass between Zerbe Road and Business U.S. 131 bypass were closed while firefighters battled the blaze.

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