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70 sheep killed in Carlton County fire

Officials said the cause of the blaze remained unknown.

Fair sheep
Sheep wait in their pen in the livestock barn at the Head of the Lakes Fairgrounds in Superior on July 23, 2009.
Bob King / File / Duluth News Tribune
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THOMSON TOWNSHIP — Approximately 70 sheep were killed in a fire near Cloquet on Wednesday afternoon.

The pole building fire was reported just before 12:30 p.m. on the 300 block of Koski Road, the Carlton County Sheriff's Office said. A tractor and additional outbuildings were also being threatened by the blaze.

The Esko, Wrenshall, Carlton and Cloquet fire departments all responded, extinguishing the fire, but not before the animals perished. The sheriff's office said the owner was not home at the time it started.

The cause of the fire remained unknown, but authorities said it did not appear to be suspicious.

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