Approximately 1,200 pigs died in a catastrophic fire in south-central Minnesota earlier this week.
According to the Renville County Sheriff's Office, the fire was reported around 10 p.m. Tuesday at a farm owned by Ten Brook Pork, LLP, located seven miles north of Hector in Brookfield Township.
Fire crews from nearby towns Hector, Buffalo Lake and Cosmos responded to the blaze but by the time they arrived one barn was engulfed in flames and partially collapsed while another had heavy fire on the inside.
Authorities estimate that 500 sows and 700 multi-aged gilts (young sows) were killed in the fire, and both barns are total losses.
The cause of the fire is under investigation but foul play is not suspected.