More than 4,000 pigs killed in Hartland barn fire

Published 5:15 pm Sunday, January 8, 2017

More than 4,000 pigs were killed Saturday after a pig barn was destroyed in a fire southeast of Hartland.

Nine agencies responded to the fire at 71082 300th St., said Geneva Fire Captain Alex Beenken. The barn was reported a complete loss.

The fire was called in at about 3 p.m.

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Beenken said the nursery barn for feeder pigs was completely engulfed when he first arrived on scene, and he was there for nearly four hours.

The cause of the fire has not been released. No human injuries were reported in the fire.

Damage was limited to the barn.

Online property records list Reed and Jill Demmer as the primary taxpayers of the address.

The Salvation Army assisted on scene and provided sandwiches and hot chocolate. A rehabilitation trailer was also available to help firefighters who battled the fire in sub-freezing temperatures.

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