A fire at a hog confinement operation just north of the Iowa-Minnesota border resulted in temporary evacuations, but no injuries late Tuesday afternoon.
The Mower County Sheriff’s Office says they received a report about a hog confinement fire near Adams shortly after 3:30 p.m. The caller told authorities the unoccupied building had gotten a chemical treatment earlier in the day, raising the possibility of a chemical release.
The Adams, Leroy, and Rose Creek, Minnesota, plus Stacyville, Iowa fire departments responded to the fire while the Mower County Sheriff’s Office went door to door to evacuate residents within the affected area. Anyone in Mitchell County and Mower County within a mile radius of the 70000 block of 110th Street were instructed to evacuate.
No injuries to humans or animals are being reported at this time. Authorities say there is no longer a safety concern and residents were allowed to return home, but the Sheriff’s Office is asking people to not travel in this area for now.