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Unknown number of hogs die in Alpena barn fire

ALPENA -- An Alpena hog barn was destroyed in a fire on Sunday evening, according to officials. At approximately 5:15 p.m. Sunday, a 911 call was received by the Alpena Fire Department about a hog barn on fire one mile north and one mile west of ...

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Fire lights. (Republic file photo)

ALPENA - An Alpena hog barn was destroyed in a fire on Sunday evening, according to officials.

At approximately 5:15 p.m. Sunday, a 911 call was received by the Alpena Fire Department about a hog barn on fire one mile north and one mile west of Alpena.

"It was fully engulfed by the time we got there," said Alpena Fire Department Chief Gary Orth.

Orth has no idea how many hogs were inside but said none survived and the barn was completely destroyed. The hog barn was connected to another barn that had 2,000 hogs. That structure was saved. No one was injured in the fire.

According to Orth, the hog barn belongs to Heartland Pork and Mike Kopfmann, of Huron, who works for Heartland Pork. The fire was put out at approximately 9 p.m. The cause of the fire is still under investigation, Orth said.

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Alpena Fire Department responded with six fire trucks and 15 firefighters. Woonsocket Fire Department, Wessington Springs Fire Department, Wolsey Fire Department and Huron Fire Department also responded.

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