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Byron, MN (KROC AM News) - Several animals were killed Thursday when a shed in rural Byron caught fire.

The fire in the 9200 block of Town Hall Rd NW was reported by a passerby around 3:00 pm.

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Olmsted County Sheriff’s Sgt. Lee Rossman says the 20 by 30-foot shed was fully engulfed when Byron firefighters arrived. It was a total loss.

Rossman says inside the shed when the fire broke out were 4 calves, nine pigs and 6 chickens.  He described the property as a hobby farm.

The owner said some heaters had been in use inside the building but the cause of the fire is not known. Rossman says there was no sign of suspicious activity.

No monetary estimate was available.

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