2,000 animals die in barn fire at Renville County hog farm


About 1,400 hogs and 600 piglets died in a large barn fire at a Renville County farm Wednesday afternoon, according to FOX 9.

Firefighters from at least five towns were called in to battle the blaze, which began about 12:30 p.m. at the farm about four miles west of Hector, Minn.

The barn is divided into several sections and parts of it were engulfed in flames, while explosions were audible at the scene, KARE 11 reported.

Employees were evacuated safely from the building, and no one was injured, according to KARE 11.

My KLGR reports that the hog farm has no water system, so water tankers had to race back and forth from nearby towns to deliver tens of thousands of gallons of water to the scene.

FOX 9 says an excavator was brought in to tear down the building so the remnants of the fire could be put out, according to the Renville County sheriff's office.

Onlooker Steve Nelson captured the dramatic scenes, and shot this video.

This embed is invalid

The building is a total loss and the total value of the loss hasn't been determined yet. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Fire departments from the nearby towns of Bird Island, Buffalo Lake, Fairfax and Olivia all assisted in the operation.

Next Up

Screen Shot 2020-11-28 at 6.58.11 PM

Gophers dominate second half to defeat Loyola-Marymount

Marcus Carr scored 26 to send the Gophers to 2-0.

Ambulance hospital emergency

Kandiyohi Co. man airlifted after hand caught in corn picker

Corn pickers are a common cause of farm accidents.

White tail deer

DNR: Passenger shot at deer out of driver's side window

The DNR said 'all sense of safety was disregarded.'

Screen Shot 2019-07-18 at 9.10.30 AM

Mpls council proposal would cut nearly $8M from 2021 police budget

The "Safety for All Budget Plan" was introduced Friday.

Shayne Munich

Minneapolis police appeal for help finding missing man

Shayne Munich is described as a vulnerable adult.

Screen Shot 2020-11-27 at 6.26.50 PM

Minnesota nurse's story about her battle with COVID-19 goes viral

A month later, Ashley Walter is on a hard road to recovery.

Adam Thielen

Report: Still on COVID-19 list, Thielen not expected to play Sunday

Thielen was placed on the COVID-19/Reserve list on Monday.

Image from iOS (19)

Mask-wearing, distancing a common sight on MOA's Black Friday

Thousands of shoppers were out and about on Black Friday despite the COVID-19 situation.