About 30,000 turkeys died in a barn fire in Beaver Falls township on Thursday afternoon.

On Sept. 29, at about 1:48 p.m., the Renville County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a structure fire at 70305 Hwy 71, about 4 miles north of Morton, in Beaver Falls Township.

The preliminary investigation revealed a fire started in the western portion of the turkey barn and spread throughout the structure.  The building was full of turkeys at the time. It is estimated at least 30,000 turkeys died in the fire.  No individuals were hurt as a result of the fire.

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 Marshall’s Office are continuing the investigation.

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