A barn was lost and about 25 cows were killed in a fire in the early morning hours of Friday in Spring Hill Township.
The Elrosa Fire Department and the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office were called out to the Wuertz Dairy Farm west of Minnesota Highway 4 at about 1 a.m. Friday.
When they arrived, a cattle barn was fully engulfed in flames. Owners Peter and Lisa Wuertz were alerted by a passerby before law enforcement arrived. They were able to open one gate to release several of the about 30 cows trapped inside the burning building. Still, about 25 cows were killed.
The barn is a complete loss, but no one was injured in the fire. The cause of the fire is under investigation.