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Published February 12, 2010, 02:36 PM

Fire heavily damages rural Olivia, Minn., hog barn

OLIVIA, Minn. — A fire Thursday night heavily damaged a hog barn and killed a small number of hogs at a farm located on U.S. Highway 71, about two miles south of the Kandiyohi County-Renville County line.

By: Forum Communications Co. report, INFORUM

OLIVIA, Minn. — A fire Thursday night heavily damaged a hog barn and killed a small number of hogs at a farm located on U.S. Highway 71, about two miles south of the Kandiyohi County-Renville County line.

But no one was injured in the fire.

The Olivia Fire Department found the front 30 feet of the barn engulfed in fire and smoke about 9 p.m., said Olivia Assistant Fire Chief Aaron Thompson. Thompson said he thinks the fire was caused by sparks from power lines that were cut when the roof collapsed from the weight of snow.

Thompson said firefighters arriving on the scene saw electrical sparks and had to turn the power turned off before they could fight the fire. He said some hogs in the front of the barn were killed but most survived.

Firefighters were on the scene for two hours.

The West Central Tribune in Willmar, Minn., is owned by Forum Communications Co.

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