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Fire kills 6,000 turkeys on west central Minn. farm

St. MARTIN, Minn. – A barn fire early Thursday morning near St. Martin killed about 6,000 turkeys.

According to the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office, the fire was reported at 1:21 a.m. at St. Martin Farm Inc. in the 28000 block of County Road 12.

By the time emergency crews arrived a 1,000-foot barn was engulfed in flames.

One section was totally destroyed but the other half of the barn sustained minimal damage.

Although approximately 6,000 turkeys perished in the fire, action was taken to keep the other barns on the farm functioning properly and to maintain the health of the remaining turkeys.

The St. Martin Fire Department and Lake Henry Fire Department were at the scene, along with the Paynesville ambulance.

The incident will remain under the investigation.