SAUK CENTRE TOWNSHIP (WJON News) -- A large turkey barn is a total loss and thousands of birds died in a fire in Sauk Centre Township Tuesday night.

The Stearns County Sheriff's Office got a 911 call at around 10:30 p.m. about a fire at 39356 McCormic Lake Road in Sauk Centre Township.

Deputies arrived to find a turkey barn fully engulfed.

The owner of the barn, Peter Klaphake, told authorities there were 7,000 birds in the 64'-by-200' barn.

The initial investigation determined the fire likely started in the mechanical room.





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