Fire at Kentucky Training Facility Leaves 22 Horses Dead

A barn fire at a training center in Henderson, Ky. early Friday morning left 22 horses, mostly Thoroughbreds, dead, according to an Associated Press story in The Gleaner. Fire officials estimated a $500,000 loss, but that number was expected to rise.

The fire swept through a barn at Cross International, a boarding and training facility on the backside of what used to be the Riverside Downs race track.

Henderson Fire Chief Bill Shaw said the blaze started at about 3:30 a.m. CST, but it wasn't spotted until shortly after 4 a.m.

The first firefighters at the scene reported that the barn was fully engulfed and the roof had already collapsed.

Eighteen horses perished inside the barn, Shaw said. Four escaped, but had to be put down because they were so badly injured.


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