Barn Fire Kills Hundreds of Pigs 02 Mar 14

Three hog barns near Lafayette were destroyed in a fire early Friday morning, and nearly a thousand hogs were killed.

Fire crews were called out to the Steve and Mary Langhorst farm southeast of Lafayette at around 5:30am after flickering lights were reported coming from one of the barns.

The barns were fully engulfed when fire crews arrived.

About 960 pigs died.

Langhorst Pork Inc. plans to rebuild the facility. The business has five full-time employees and three part-time employees.

The business says the cause of the fire has not been determined.

Firefighters from Lafayette, Nicollet, New Ulm, Winthrop, Gaylord, and Courtland all assisted at the scene.