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WENDELL, Idaho -- A weekend barn fire in south-central Idaho claimed the lives of 14 calves.

Wendell Fire Department Assistant Chief Crystal Houser tells The Times-News the fire appeared to have been caused by a controlled burn that spread to the concrete and wooden barn Sunday afternoon. Eight calves escaped and 14 died. The barn about five miles west of Wendell was a complete loss.

Houser says there probably won't be an investigation or criminal charges. She says the calves that died were worth between $250 and $300 each.

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