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Barn fire at southwestern Minnesota hog farm leaves 2 employees dead

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A barn fire that started on a hog farm near Jasper Monday killed two people, the Rock County Star Herald reports.

Employees were pressure washing the barn when the fire began, and there were no animals inside at the time, KSFY says.

KDLT reports the victims were Sharla Drew, 50, and Kristy Giesler, 32, both of Jasper.

According to the Star Herald, the blaze destroyed one of the four nursery barns on the property owned by New Horizon Farms, a Pipestone-based company.

Jasper is a town of about 600 residents. Rock County is in the southwestern corner of Minnesota, about 25 miles from Sioux Falls, S.D.

The fatal blaze comes two weeks after a barn fire at a Renville County hog farm killed 2,000 animals but no people.

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