(New Ulm, MN) – A fire in rural New Ulm killed livestock and destroyed a barn early Wednesday morning.

According to a release from New Ulm Fire Department Chief Paul Macho, crews were dispatched at 3:40 a.m. to a barn fire off County Road 11, just southeast of Essig.

Site of barn fire in rural New Ulm

The barn was fully engulfed when responders arrived.  Three goats died in the fire.  There were no other injuries reported.  The barn, owned by Mike and Deb Dove, was a total loss, according to the release.

Crews remained on scene for approximately 4 1/2 hours.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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