Fifteen horses perished in the fire. The cause of the fire was ruled an accident. A portable heater in a tack room toppled over and ignited some combustibles. A freak accident. I wanted to pass this story along as a reminder that as we prepare barns and horsey areas with the use of heaters or electric cords this winter season, it is worth a second check to be sure that everything is fire safe.
The barn owner could not go into the barn to save the horses because of the intensity of the smoke. I can only imagine the feelings that both the stable owners and the horse owners must be having at the tragic loss of their beloved horses. I know I shed a few tears and said a prayer for them tonight.