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Crookston Times - Crookston, MN
  • Barn blaze kills 150 pigs in Minn.

  • About 150 pigs were killed early Thursday in a barn fire northwest of Lismore in Nobles County.
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  • About 150 pigs were killed early Thursday in a barn fire northwest of Lismore in Nobles County.
    The destruction was discovered by Jeff Tweet when he went to do chores. He notified law enforcement, and the Lismore Fire Department was dispatched about 7:30 a.m. By then, no flames from the barn were visible.
    "I came and did chores and she was pretty much over with," said Tweet, adding that a neighbor said he'd heard a dog barking about 3 a.m., and that may have been when the fire was active.
    The barn housed about 600 pigs of 100 to 150 pounds. Those that survived were found underneath the collapsed roof, protected by the steel gates that made up their pens.
    "I don't know why so many lived," Tweet said.
    Firefighters used their water hoses to help cool down the surviving pigs.
    With multiple barns on the site, Tweet said they were fortunate the fire didn't spread to any of the others. The surviving pigs were transported to other barns.
    Lismore Fire Chief Jim Weidert said the cause is believed to be electrical.

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