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22 show horses killed in US barn blaze

2012-01-22 08:16

Lafayette - Authorities say a fast-moving fire destroyed a barn, killing 22 show horses owned by a noted New Jersey equestrian family worth tens of thousands of dollars each.

State police Sergeant Brian Polite says the barn was engulfed in flames when troopers arrived around 02:00 on Saturday in Lafayette. The blaze was soon extinguished, but all the horses inside were killed.

Polite says the animals were valued at $10 000 to $60 000 apiece.

Betty Hahn, whose family owns the horses, tells The Star-Ledger newspaper that no hay or fuel was stored in the barn, so she's baffled about how the blaze began.

Hahn says her family has competed and won awards in equestrian competitions along the East Coast.

Comments
  • Mary - 2012-01-22 09:24

    Tragic how these horses' value is weighed in dollars by the news editors. My sympathies to the owners who must surely be heartbroken.

      Kent - 2012-01-30 08:39

      ...maybe it is an insurance claim!

  • Adrienne - 2012-01-22 09:49

    Oh no, this is such a tragic story for horse lovers and animals lovers worldwide. Horses are truly magnificent creatures, honourable and loyal and to hear something like this, is just so very sad. I cannot imagine the grief the owners of these horses must be going through....

  • gillian.sanderson - 2012-01-22 09:52

    Dreadful story:(

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