Loose sow likely caused fire at Dexter farm
DEXTER, Minn. — A runaway sow likely escaped into a utility room and ruptured a gas line, causing a fire earlier this month at a Dexter hog farm.
Deputy State Fire Marshal Steve Wolf describes the incident as "a freak accident."
Authorities say the July 2 fire caused $3 million in damage to the Holden Farms Inc. facility.
Wolf says about 400 sows and an unknown number of piglets died in the fire. A second building that held equipment was also engulfed in flames, though Wolf said not much equipment was destroyed.