Explosion rocks hog building near Stratford

No injuries reported; extent of damage, loss of animals yet unknown

—Daily Freeman-Journal photo by Adri Sietstra Stratford fire fighters work to extinguish lingering flames in the interior of a hog building located southeast of Stratford Tuesday afternoon. An explosion, the cause of which is still under investigation, started the fire and caused damage to the building.

STRATFORD — The Stratford Fire Department responded to a hog building explosion southeast of Stratford early Tuesday afternoon.

The call came in about 1:15 p.m. The wall on one side of the building was damaged by the blast. According to Stratford Fire Chief Dan Ostrem, the cause of the explosion at 1525 370th St., is still unknown.

“We’re not 100 percent sure yet, we’re still working on that,” Ostrem said. “From what the reports are they were starting to stir the manure pit and they were starting to pump the manure and they had an explosion.”

“We’re still trying to figure out where the fire is at in the building,” said Ostrem. “We found hotspots throughout the ceiling.”

Officials said no people were injured but said they were unsure of the extent of damage to the building and animals inside.

—Daily Freeman-Journal photo by Adri Sietstra Stratford fire fighters work to extinguish lingering flames in the interior of a hog building located southeast of Stratford Tuesday afternoon. An explosion, the cause of which is still under investigation, started the fire and caused damage to the building.

“As for loss right now, we have no idea,” said Ostrem.

Along with the Stratford Fire Department, the Hamilton County Sheriffs Office and local farmers responded.

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