On August 18th, 2021, at approximately 1:21 AM, the Renville County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call reporting a fire in a turkey barn, 2 ½ miles north of the City of Morton, in Beaver Falls Township. Upon arrival, firefighters discovered the barn to be fully engulfed in flames. The Morton, Franklin, Olivia, Danube and Redwood Falls Fire Departments worked to save the structure but the barn eventually collapsed and is considered to be a total loss. Morton MRU and CentraCare Ambulance also assisted at the scene. 26,500 young turkeys perished as a result of the flames on the Willmar Poultry Company’s property. The Renville County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the cause and origin of the fire along with the State Fire Marshal’s Office.