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Forum staff reports, Published February 20 2013

12 cows die in rural Hawley barn fire

HAWLEY, Minn. – Firefighters dealt with frigid temperatures as they battled a barn fire that killed 12 cows this morning in rural Hawley.

The Hawley, Hitterdal and Ulen volunteer fire departments responded to the blaze, which was reported about 3:30 a.m. at 11149 210th St. N.

Crews had the fire under control by 5:45 a.m., WDAY-TV reported. The barn was destroyed.

Six cows and six calves died in the fire.

A state fire marshal is expected to arrive today to investigate the cause of the fire.