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The site of an early Tuesday morning hog barn fire is shown Tuesday afternoon in rural Adrian. (Tim Middagh/Forum News Service)

Fire kills 400 hogs, destroys barn

ADRIAN, Minn. — Approximately 400 head of market-weight hogs were lost during an early morning blaze Tuesday six miles southwest of Adrian, Minn.

Five fire departments responded to the blaze, which was reported shortly after 2 a.m.

Doug Bullerman of Son-D-Farms said he received an alarm from the barn, located in the 29000 block of Chaney Avenue, and called his brother, who was the first to arrive on the scene. Bullerman said the barn was fully engulfed when he arrived moments later.

“She was pretty much gone,” Doug Bullerman said, adding that he doesn’t know the cause of the blaze. The state fire marshal has been contacted.

The Ellsworth Fire Department received the initial page and called the Adrian Fire Department for mutual aid. Tanker support was received from the Rushmore, Magnolia and Lismore fire departments.

Adrian Fire Chief Ray Bullerman said by the time his department responded, the roof had fallen in on the barn.

“There were three barns connected and the fire was in the west barn,” Ray Bullerman said. “We got the hallway cut off so we could keep it from spreading to the other barns.”

Ray Bullerman said the other two barns housed younger pigs — about 60-pounders.

At 4:27 a.m., the Adrian Ambulance was dispatched to the scene for an adult male with chest pain.

Ellsworth Fire Chief Kim “Joe” Chapa declined to comment on any firefighter injuries. Firefighters remained on scene until approximately 7:30 a.m., Chapa said.

Tuesday’s early morning fire marks the second time in less than three weeks that Son-D-Farms has dealt with a disaster. On Aug. 18, one of their barns near Rushmore was hit by a tornado. Doug Bullerman said 90 head of market-weight hogs had to be euthanized as a result of injuries suffered.