3-alarm fire damages family-owned food wholesaler in Bern

Some firefighters taken to hospital

BERN TWP., Pa. - Firefighters from around Berks County worked through the night to prevent a family-owned business from being destroyed by fire.

The fire was reported shortly before 8 p.m. Sunday at Evans Food Distributors in the 1900 block of Bernville Road, also known as Route 183, in Bern Township, about halfway between the Reading Regional Airport and the township's border with Reading.

Heavy, billowing smoke could be seen pouring from the front of the building, which was once a Redner's grocery store.

Officials on the scene struck two additional alarms, summoning additional manpower to the scene. They remained on the scene until about 4 a.m. Monday.

Some of the firefighters had to be transported to the hospital, according to emergency dispatchers, but it wasn't immediately clear what injuries they suffered.

Investigators have not yet determined what sparked the fire.

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