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Barn fire in southern Minnesota kills thousands of hogs

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A huge fire at a hog farm in southern Minnesota has killed thousands of animals, WCCO reports.

The fire broke out about 3 p.m. Saturday at the Cougar Run Farm, near the town of Truman in Martin County, and it burned for several hours, according to WCCO.

About half the farm's buildings were destroyed by the fire, and an estimated 4,000 sows and between 6,000 and 7,000 piglets were killed.

“This is really hard for us right now,” Cougar Run employee Kaycee Gebhart told WCCO. "These hogs are our livelihood and we cared for them every day.”

Fire crews from 10 agencies in Martin County (location in red on the map) fought the blaze, which took nearly four hours to get under control.

There were four employees in the barns when the fire began, but they got out safely, KEYC reports.

Cougar Run Farm is owned by Pipestone System, which said it plans to rebuild the operation. The exact amount of the farm's financial loss is unclear at this point, but the value of the animals would likely be hundreds of thousands of dollars.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

A fire in January at a hog operation in southwest Minnesota near Luverne killed an estimated 3,700 hogs and piglets, according to KDLT.

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