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Flames Sweep Through Barn Killing 5,000 Pigs

COLUMBUS, Ohio (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — Authorities are trying to determine what sparked a barn fire that left about 5,000 pigs dead.

The fire started Tuesday afternoon at the Straathoff Swine Farm in Ohio. The farm is about 45 miles southwest of Columbus.

pig barn fire
(credit: Fayette County Sheriff's Office)

The Fayette County Sheriff's Office says the flames spread quickly, causing heavy smoke and intense heat. Thirteen fire agencies worked to get the upper hand on the blaze.

One firefighter injured his arm at the scene. He was treated at a hospital and later released.

Officials say the fire completely destroyed two barns at the farm.

Earlier this month a pig became stranded near Interstate 35E at Interstate 635 in North Dallas and the effort to rescue it played out on Twitter. And in February, a Dallas County Sheriff's deputy had to corral and capture a loose pig just outside of downtown Dallas.

(© Copyright 2018 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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