W. Manitoba feedlot building wrecked in fire

The building housing Hamiota Feedlot’s offices and some of its equipment has been gutted by fire. (Photo courtesy Hamiota RCMP)

A cattle feeding operation in western Manitoba has lost its office and several equipment bays in an overnight fire.

The fire department and RCMP from Hamiota, about 80 km northwest of Brandon, were called at 3:20 a.m. Thursday to nearby Hamiota Feedlot, RCMP said in a release later Thursday morning.

The building housing the office and several bays of equipment was “engulfed in flames” when firefighters and the Mounties arrived, RCMP said. The building and stored equipment have been “totally destroyed” by the fire.

No one was injured in the fire, RCMP said. An estimated value hasn’t yet been put to the damages to the building and contents and the cause of the fire hasn’t yet been determined.

The provincial fire commissioner’s office will attend to investigate further, RCMP added.

The feedlot, about five km west of town, was built in 1998 and expanded in 2006 to more than double its handling capacity to 12,500 head. — AGCanada.com Network

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