Fatal Pennsylvania Barn Fire Probed

Fire officials in Pennsylvania are investigating the cause of a barn fire responsible for the death of more than 20 horses on Sunday.

Chinchilla Fire Chief Keith Grierson said the blaze involving a 50-foot-by-300-foot barn at the English boarding and training facility Over The Hill Farm in Clarks Summit near Scranton, Pa., was reported at about 6 p.m. on July 24. A total of 29 horses were located inside the barn at the time of the fire.

"Of those, 21 horses perished," Grierson said.

Six horses are being treated for fire-related injuries, and two other animals remain unaccounted for, Grierson said. Two firefighters working the blaze were taken to a nearby hospital where they were treated for heat exhaustion and released, he added.

The farm's owners were unavailable for comment.

The Pennsylvania State Police Fire Marshall's Office is investigating the incident.

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Pat Raia

Pat Raia is a veteran journalist who enjoys covering equine welfare, industry, and news. In her spare time, she enjoys riding her Tennessee Walking Horse, Sonny.

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