CUTLER, Ind. (AP) — Authorities say more than 1,000 hogs were killed by a fire that swept through barns on a central Indiana farm.

The fire broke out Feb. 26 at the farm near the Carroll County community of Cutler, damaging three of the farm’s four hog barns.

Flora Fire Chief Mike Cottrell told the Journal & Courier that investigators determined the blaze started near coal boilers used to heat the barns. He said the age of the barns or overheating could be factors for the fire about 15 miles east of Lafayette.

Cottrell said many young pigs were among about 500 that died in a nursery barn, while several hundred more died in the other two barns. The barn that didn’t burn was empty.

No other injuries were reported.


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