Cleanup continues after Minn. blaze kills 40 animals

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A fire ripped through a Minnesota farm last week, destroying a barn and killing 40 animals. Now the owners are cleaning up and looking to a brighter future.  

According to the Perham (Minn.) Focus, the fire started on Friday afternoon at a farm near Perham, Minn. Despite the efforts of fire crews, just nine animals were able to be saved.

A barn was also leveled in the blaze.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Property owner Arlin Wanderi was thankful for the responding fire crews.

"I want to thank everyone that helped out," Wanderi told repoters. "We were fortunate (for the quick response)... another five minutes and the fire would have taken more buildings, I'm sure."

Wanderi reports that the barn will be rebuilt in the future. In the meantime, more cleanup remains. Read more here.

This fire was the second reported since Friday. On Saturday, a fire tore through a barn near George, Iowa. Thirty-five calves were killed in that incident. See, “Iowa barn fire kills 35 calves.”

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