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Barn fire, collapse kills thousands of swine in Buffalo County

Brad Williams

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Many hundreds of hogs have died in a barn fire in Buffalo County.

The sheriff’s office there got a call early yesterday about a large hog barn on fire at Holden Farms, near Mondovi.

A portion of the barn had collapsed overnight prior to the fire starting.

Fire crews from five counties battled the blaze for several hours.

Some 4000 swine were in the barn at the time of the fire, and the majority died in the blaze.

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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