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Canada: fire kills 7000 hogs

A huge hog operation in southern Manitoba, Canada, has gone up in flames, killing thousands of animals, Canadian news source The Star reports.

About 7,000 hogs perished in the fire at a Maple Leaf-owned plant south of Steinbach. Al Nadeau, the area's fire chief, said crews responded to the site around 3:30 a.m., but the barn was already fully engulfed in flames.

Large, thick plumes of smoke could be seen rising into the air as fire crews worked to extinguish the burning hog barn.

This is the second such fire in the province in roughly a month. A recent fire at a nearby Hytek plant destroyed a hog operation and killed 5,200 animals.

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