CONGER, Minn. (AP) -- About 180 pigs died as a result of a hog barn fire near Conger in southern Minnesota.
The fire struck Tuesday morning at the Ron Kruger farm.
His wife, Jane Kruger, tells the Albert Lea Tribune (http://bit.ly/Zc725M ) that 30 of the animals were piglets and the rest were pigs between 120 and 150 pounds. Some died in the fire itself while others were suffering and had to be shot.
Jane Kruger says her husband was in another barn when it started and spotted the smoke. She says he likely would have gone into the burning barn to try to save pigs if it weren't for a farm employee, who's also a Conger firefighter, who stopped him.
Firefighters from Conger, Alden and Emmons battled the blaze.
The cause was under investigation.
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