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Thousands of hogs killed in central Alberta barn fire

Hog barn fire in Bentley, Alberta; July 7 , 2014.
Hog barn fire in Bentley, Alberta; July 7 , 2014. Kathi Issler, Bentley District Fire Department

EDMONTON – A barn fire on a Hutterite colony in central Alberta has left 4,000 hogs dead.

Fire crews were called to the 8,000 square foot barn near Bentley around 6:45 a.m. Monday.

Hog barn fire in Bentley, Alberta; July 7 , 2014
Hog barn fire in Bentley, Alberta; July 7 , 2014 Kathi Issler, Bentley District Fire Department
Hog barn fire in Bentley, Alberta; July 7 , 2014
Hog barn fire in Bentley, Alberta; July 7 , 2014 Kathi Issler, Bentley District Fire Department
Hog barn fire in Bentley, Alberta; July 7 , 2014
Hog barn fire in Bentley, Alberta; July 7 , 2014 Kathi Issler, Bentley District Fire Department
Hog barn fire in Bentley, Alberta; July 7 , 2014
Hog barn fire in Bentley, Alberta; July 7 , 2014 Kathi Issler, Bentley District Fire Department
Hog barn fire in Bentley, Alberta; July 7 , 2014
Hog barn fire in Bentley, Alberta; July 7 , 2014 Kathi Issler, Bentley District Fire Department

Five departments battled the blaze for just over five hours. Some crews stayed at the scene well into the evening.

Bentley Fire Chief Todd Gustafson says it’s believed the fire may have been electrical, however the investigation into the cause still continues.

The blaze has resulted in approximately $5 to $6 million in damage.

With files from Canadian Press

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