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Detroit Lakes Mink farm burned to the ground

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   Tonight farmers from all over Minnesota are heading to Detroit Lakes to lend a hand.

   A mink farm tucked in rural Detroit Lakes caught fire this morning, and a portion burned down. Fire fighters from five different cities came to control the fire.

 

"this is the beginning of the farm, this was our main building."

 

The owner of this local mink farm spent the day surveying the damage. After some of his farm burned to the ground Friday morning.

 

"about ten o'clock 10 thirty, we were working, and yep saw the flames on top of the stack of shavings."

 

The farm is about 45 acres of land, but only this area caught on fire, housing all of the food, equipment, and other things necessary to keep the farm going.

 

"first we tried to put the stack out, and then yep call the fire department immediately, just trying to save what we could."

 

And they think they know the cause.

 

"might of caught some sparks over the top of the building on to the shavings, and that seems to be what ignited it."

 

50,000 mink live here, and the good news is none of the animals were hurt. The fire didn't hit the building they call home, and the smoke stayed out as well.

 

But the bad news is…

 

"we will have to tear it all down, and rebuild, yep."

 

It's too early to know just how much he has lost, but he estimates around half a million dollars.

The farmer declined to go camera because of potential trouble with animal rights activists.

    The mink farming business is a specialty, and there are only about 20 mink farmers in the state of Minnesota.

    But they are pulling together; farmers all the way from St. Cloud brought needed equipment to take care of the mink.

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