Barn Fire Kills 10,000 Pigs in Saskatchewan

On February 12th, a barn fire killed around 10,000 pigs at a farm in Sturgis, Saskatchewan. Firefighters arrived on the scene and chose to watch the kopje or “finishing” barn, which housed pigs of all ages, burn. Fire chief, Brad Secundiak, stated that it was hard decision to make: “They’re animals. It’s no different than a human being. You want to try and save a life no matter what type of life it is. It was difficult, but to risk human life over that was a choice I had to make.” The cause of the fire is still unknown.