Cows killed in large barn fire in southeastern Minnesota


A massive fire destroyed a barn that housed hundreds of cows near Plainview Tuesday morning, according to reports.

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The fire started after 3:30 a.m. on the 58000 block of County Road 14, located between Plainview and Kellogg, KTTC reports.

Reports differ on how many cows were inside the barn at the time of the blaze and how many were killed.

KTTC says there were 400-500 cows in the barn, with "many" dying from smoke inhalation.

However, KIMT reports the barn housed 150 cows, and at least 10 were killed in the fire. The news station says some of the cows were on fire when officials arrived at the scene.

The Rochester Post Bulletin says the owners got most of the cows out of the barn, but some may be injured. Sheriff's deputies had to put down the injured and frantic cows for humane reasons and to keep firefighters safe, the newspaper says.

It was the worst dairy cattle fire Plainview Fire Chief Ed Jacobs has seen in 33 years, the paper notes.

The homeowner told KIMT he noticed flickering electricity, which led to the discovery of the fire.

The cause of the fire is under investigation. The State Fire Marshal is expected at the scene Tuesday morning.

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