According to CTV News, earlier this week, fire crews battled a fire at a hog farm in central Alberta. The hog farm was located on a Hutterite colony.

Investigators report around 4,000 sows were killed in the blaze. The cause of the fire has not been identified, and preliminary damages are estimated around CA$5 million.

David Hofer, one of the colony’s managers, was audibly emotional when reached by reporters soon after the fire.

“It’s really tough to take," he told CBC.  "For 18 years, working in this barn. It’s a tough one.”

Officials have called the fire one of the largest livestock fires in the area. Fire Chief Todd Gustafson explained there was just no way fire crews could have saved the building. Instead, firefighting efforts focused on preventing the fire from spreading to a nearby barn that housed another 3,500 to 4,000 pigs.

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