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Estimated 30,000 turkeys dead after structure fire in Beaver Falls Township

The Renville County Sheriff's said it received report of a structure fire at a turkey farm Thursday afternoon four miles north of Morton. No one was injured, according to the release.

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MORTON — An estimated 30,000 turkeys perished in a structure fire Thursday afternoon north of Morton.

The Renville County Sheriff’s Office received a report around 1:48 p.m. of a structure fire in the 70300 block of U.S. Highway 71, four miles north of Morton, according to a news release.

A preliminary investigation found a fire started in the western portion of a turkey barn and spread throughout the structure. The building was filled with turkeys at the time of the fire. No individuals were injured.

The Morton Fire Department was assisted on scene by the Renville County Sheriff’s Office, Olivia Fire Department, Redwood Falls Fire Department, Bird Island Fire Department, Franklin Fire Department, Buffalo Lake Fire Department, Minnesota State Patrol and Carris Health Ambulance Service.

The Renville County Sheriff’s Office, Morton Fire Department and Minnesota State Fire Marshal’s Office are continuing the investigation.

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