On August 18th, 2021, at approximately 1:21 AM, the Renville County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call reporting a fire in a turkey barn, at 33222 695th Avenue. That location is approximately 2 ½ miles north of the City of Morton, in Beaver Falls Township. The property is owned by Willmar Poultry Company.
Morton, Franklin, Olivia, Danube and Redwood Falls Fire Departments were dispatched to the scene.
Upon arrival, firefighters discovered the barn to be fully engulfed in flames. Fire crews worked to save the structure but the barn eventually collapsed and is considered to be a total loss. Approximately 26,500 young turkeys perished as a result of the fire.
The Renville County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the cause and origin of the fire along with the State Fire Marshal’s Office.
In addition to the fire departments, Morton MRU and CentraCare Ambulance assisted at the scene.