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26,500 turkeys die in Minnesota barn fire

It happened in the middle of the night Wednesday.

A barn fire in southwest Minnesota killed an estimated 26,500 turkeys on Wednesday. 

The fire was reported at 1:26 a.m. at a turkey barn located on 695th Avenue, about 2 1/2 miles north of Morton, according to the Renville County Sheriff's Office. 

Fire crews from Morton, Franklin, Olivia, Danube and Redwood Falls responded to turkey barn to find the structure fully engulfed in flames. Despite their best efforts, the turkey barn collapsed and was deemed a total loss. 

Approximately 26,500 "young turkeys" died in the blaze. 

The turkey barn was owned by Willmar Poultry Company. 

No further information has been released and the cause of the fire is being investigated by the sheriff's office and the State Fire Marshal. 

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