Updated: February 28, 2014 11:08PM
CUTLER (AP) — Investigators are blaming a boiler malfunction for sparking a fire that killed more than 1,000 hogs as it swept through barns on a central Indiana farm.
The fire that broke out Wednesday completely destroyed two barns at the farm near the Carroll County community of Cutler, about 15 miles east of Lafayette.
Cutler Fire Chief Cody Miller tells the Journal & Courier that farm workers were doing routine maintenance on the boiler and it malfunctioned when they turned it back on. Miller says boiler had been converted from coal to oil about five years ago.
Fire officials say many young pigs were among about 500 that died in a nursery barn, while several hundred more died in the farm’s other barns. Miller says crews saved about 400 hogs.