Fire Destroys a Christensen Farms Hog Barn in Illinois

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A fire broke out at a Christensen Farms hog building on Tuesday afternoon near Newman, Ill. 

The Newman Fire Department arrived on scene first and called for help when they saw smoke coming out of both ends of the building, reports WAND 17 News. Additional fire departments were called in to assist with the fire.

"We received reports of a fire early this evening at one of our farms near Newman, Ill. The local fire department and authorities were alerted immediately. While we are still assessing the damages to the site, we are thankful no one was hurt in this incident,” Christensen Farms said in a statement to WAND.

The article said it is not clear how many animals were killed in the fire. The cause of the fire is unknown at this time. 

“Fire departments, veterinarians and Christensen Farms staff are currently on site to support and manage the situation. We will continue to provide pertinent information as it becomes available," Christensen Farms said in a statement. 

A woman arrived on scene before first responders and tried to save the pigs by opening doors to the building, the article said. 

Headquartered in Sleepy Eye, Minn., Christensen Farms is one of the largest, family-owned pork producers in the U.S.

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