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Thousands Of Pigs Killed In Massive Minnesota Barn Fire

Around 4,000 sows and 7,000 piglets died in the fire at a hog farm Saturday.

Posted on October 27, 2014, at 9:42 a.m. ET

Thousands of pigs died in a huge blaze that destroyed a hog farm in southern Minnesota Saturday, CBS reported.

Around 4,000 sows and 6,000 to 7,000 piglets were killed in the blaze that began Saturday afternoon at the Cougar Run Farm near the town of Truman.

Crews took around four hours to extinguish the fire that destroyed almost 50% of the farm.

No people were hurt in the fire but the farmhands are reeling from the loss of livestock.

"This is really hard for us right now," Cougar Run employee Kaycee Gebhart told CBS Minnesota. "A truck is replaceable, barns are replaceable, but these hogs are our livelihood and we cared for them every day. They were more than just livestock to us."
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"This is really hard for us right now," Cougar Run employee Kaycee Gebhart told CBS Minnesota. "A truck is replaceable, barns are replaceable, but these hogs are our livelihood and we cared for them every day. They were more than just livestock to us."

The cause of the fire is being investigated.

The farm's owner, Pipestone System, said they will have to regroup after the loss of their animals.

"When we have a livestock loss like this, we lost a lot of animals so the owners of this farm will regroup and start over," CEO Luke Minion said.
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"When we have a livestock loss like this, we lost a lot of animals so the owners of this farm will regroup and start over," CEO Luke Minion said.

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