Lightning Causes Barn Fire at Three Chimneys Farm

Lightning Causes Barn Fire at Three Chimneys Farm


There were no injuries to humans or horses when a broodmare barn at Robert N. Clay's Three Chimneys Farm was destroyed by fire after being struck by lightning Sunday evening, July 24.

According to a statement from the Midway, Ky., farm, the fire at the broodmare division destroyed the Spinster barn.

There were reports of sporadic damage, including downed trees and power outages, as a result of the strong storm that moved through Central Kentucky.


Three Chimneys Farm president Case Clay is praising two farm employees who went into the burning barn to rescue two broodmares.

In a release, Clay said assistant broodmare manager Jennifer DeLaittre and night watchman Billy Kutchman ventured into the burning barn and rescued the two horses. Both horses and humans made it out of the barn safely; the barn was destroyed.

"Thank you to Jennifer de Laittre and Billy Kutchman for their life-risking, heroic effort in saving the two mares in the Spinster Barn and to several other grooms who rounded up the horses in a nearby pasture to keep them out of harm’s way," Clay said. "We were so, so lucky no lives were lost, horse or human. I can’t stop thinking about Billy and Jennifer. They are heroes in my book."

The release said one mare was taken to a veterinary clinic as a precaution to be checked out and was doing well and eating well the morning of July 25. The other mare was resting comfortably at Three Chimneys.

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