Pigs, chickens die in rural Little Falls barn fire

The Little Falls Fire Department responded to the fire, reported at 7:01 p.m. Friday, July 15, in Pike Creek Township, north of Sobieski.

A barn on fire with heavy smoke
The Little Falls Fire Department responded to the fire, reported at 7:01 p.m. Friday, July 15, in Pike Creek Township, north of Sobieski.
Contributed / Little Falls Fire Department
We are part of The Trust Project.

LITTLE FALLS — Fire tore through a barn Friday, July 15, killing numerous pigs and chickens at a farm on the 12000 block of 92nd Avenue southwest of Little Falls.

The Little Falls Fire Department responded to the fire, reported at 7:01 p.m., in Pike Creek Township, north of Sobieski. According to the report, firefighters were dispatched to a report of a chicken barn on fire and arrived to find heavy fire throughout a majority of the building.

The news release states the barn housed both pigs and chickens.

Little Falls Fire Chief Craig Seelen said the property owners along with firefighters were able to get about 50 animals out of the barn, but more animals were lost in the fire than were saved. Seelen did not have information on the total number of animals lost in the fire.

Seelen said the cause of the fire is still under investigation by the Minnesota State Fire Marshal’s Office, though he believes the fire was accidental.


Crews were on scene until 12:45 a.m. with no injuries to residents or firefighters reported. The barn was a total loss.

Assisting at the scene were the Bowlus Fire Department, Flensburg Fire Department, the Swanville Fire Department and the Morrison County Sheriff.

Our newsroom occasionally reports stories under a byline of "staff." Often, the "staff" byline is used when rewriting basic news briefs that originate from official sources, such as a city press release about a road closure, and which require little or no reporting. At times, this byline is used when a news story includes numerous authors or when the story is formed by aggregating previously reported news from various sources. If outside sources are used, it is noted within the story.

Hi, I'm the Brainerd Dispatch. I started working a few days before Christmas in 1881 and became a daily paper two years later. I've gone through a lot of changes over the years, but what has never changed is my commitment to community and to local journalism. I've got an entire team of dedicated people who work night and day to make sure I go out every morning, whether in print, as an e-edition, via an app or with additional information at News, weather, sports — videos, photos, podcasts and social media — all covering stories from central Minnesota about your neighbors, your lakes, your communities, your challenges and your opportunities. It's all part of the effort to keep people connected and informed. And we couldn't do it without support.
What To Read Next
Lakes Area Music Festival will present the program “Minerva of the North” on Sunday, Feb. 5, at Trinity Lutheran in Brainerd. The event will feature baroque instrumental and vocal repertoire.
Officials at Brainerd Public Schools and Reichert Bus Co. are working to combat the issue with hiring bonuses for new drivers and the consolidation of routes.
The Dispatch earned a total of 31 awards in the Minnesota Newspaper Association's Better Newspaper Contest.
“Living” is a new drama starring English actor Bill Nighy a veteran civil servant who receives a terminal diagnosis from his doctor and decides to live it up with the help of a plucky young woman.