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Thousands of pigs die in Wellman nursery fire

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WELLMAN (KWWL) -

Brenneman Pork took a huge hit when one of their buildings went up in flames and killed every pig inside.

"Before I knew it, my husband was flying out of the driveway," said Erin Brenneman, one of the building's owners. "I was at home, the kids were sleeping, and every aunt, uncle, cousin, family member was there within an instant."

An estimated 4,000 market hogs died when their nursery on the Brenneman Pork property in Wellman caught fire Tuesday night between 9:30 and 10 p.m.

The Wellman, Keota and Kalona Fire Departments showed up to fight the blaze, and the Wellman Fire Department returned when the fire started back up in the morning.

The Brenneman family chose not to disclose the cost of the building or pigs, but they say the loss is devastating.

"You know, we're incredibly passionate about farming and raising pigs," Brenneman said. "so to have something like this happen, it's quite shocking."

And right now, the future of Brenneman Pork remains a mystery.

"I'm not sure what the plan is moving forward, but I'm certainly hoping that we would rebuild," Brenneman said.

But the company is staying positive, pigs in other buildings on their property survived, and all of their other buildings and farming tools are still standing.

The Brenneman family also says the community has been helpful during this stressful time.

"We've got an incredibly supportive community, and just the outpouring of, you know, text messages and such that we have had, just asking if we need any help has been amazing," Brenneman said.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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