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Historic Vermont Farm Burns to the Ground

BERLIN, Vt. (CNN/WGGB) — A historic Vermont family farm goes up in flames and a nearby resident grabbed his camera to capture the moments.

Check out these stunning iReport pictures of a fire at a 150 year old ranch in Berlin, Vermont.

iReporter Mark Collier captured these spectacular images late Wednesday night.

The farm belongs to the Townes and has been in the family for three generations.

Fire investigators say a piece of farm equipment started the blaze.

Flames spread quickly through the dry, wood structures, completely engulfing the barn and house within minutes.

No family members or animals were injured in the fire.

But the home and attached barn burned to the ground, reduced to charred rubble.

Insurance will cover the Towne family’s losses, but can never replace generations of photos and momentoes lost in the blaze.

Berlin is located about 180 miles north of Springfield, just outside Montpelier, Vt.


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