At least 90 hogs killed in New Prague barn fire

8:17 PM, Apr 14, 2010   |    comments
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NEW PRAGUE, Minn. -- At least 90 hogs died as a fire destroyed a barn in New Prague.

Owner Rick Giles tells KARE 11 that the family was awakened by their dog barking shortly after 4 a.m. They discovered the hog barn was on fire and immediately called 9-1-1. Giles then ran down to the barn and tried to put the flames down with a water hose, but was quickly turned back.

Firefighters arrived at the farm around 4:30 a.m. Wednesday and had the flames put down by 7:15 a.m., but were unable to save the barn.

Giles says 7 sows and an estimated 90 piglets died in the fire. Another 30 were saved. Some chickens and ducks kept in the barn also perished.

"Kinda hard to look at," he shared.

No cause has been determined, but Giles says a heat lamp or some type of electrical malfunction are really the only options. He says that he and his wife will build another barn.

They have been farming on the site since 1982.

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