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Loose sow likely caused fire at Dexter farm

Associated Press

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.

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