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Fire destroys hog confinement

Building, 3,000 pigs lost in blaze near Kamrar

— Photo courtesy of Rick Young Thick, black smoke rises from the scene of a hog confinement fire at 2980 Lakins Grove Ave. near Kamrar Tuesday morning. The feeder pig building was deemed a total loss and about 3,000 hogs were lost in the fire according Kamrar Fire Chief Tim Mortenson.

KAMRAR — An early morning fire on Tuesday near Kamrar destroyed a hog confinement building and about 3,000 head of pigs housed in the building.

Kamrar Fire Chief Tim Mortenson said Kamrar Fire Department personnel arrived on the scene at 2980 Lakins Grove Ave.about 6:30 a.m. The property is owned by Double G Farms, according to the Hamilton County Assessor’s website.

“It was a total loss,” Mortenson said. “The building housed feeder pigs and 3,000 head were lost.”

Mortenson said firefighters from Stanhope and Jewell responded to a call for mutual aid.

“They were a very big help,” Mortenson said. “We were grateful for the mutual aid.”

The chief said the cause of the blaze was undetermined.

Shortly before noon, the firefighters were called back to the scene to knock down a few hot spots.

“That’s kind of normal, though. It happens with a lot of fires,” he said, adding that it took little time to squelch the hot spots.

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