Lightning Blamed for Deadly Connecticut Barn Fire

Fire officials in Haddam, Conn., blame lightning for a fire that consumed a barn and resulted in the death of a horse on August 1.

Haddam Volunteer Fire Company Public Information Liaison Bob Norton said firefighters responded to a reported structure fire at 6:55 p.m. Monday. Upon arrival, they discovered a barn fully engulfed by flames.

Two horses residing in the barn when the blaze broke out had been relocated to a nearby field before fire crews arrived. One horse was unhurt in the incident. The other, a 10-year-old Quarter Horse, sustained severe injuries and was euthanized at the scene by a veterinarian.

The animals' owner received minor burns to his arm and head while removing the horses from the barn. He refused medical treatment, Norton said.

Norton said that local Fire Marshals determined a suspected lightening strike caused the blaze.

"The area had just had a severe thunderstorm pass through with many cloud to ground lightening strikes in the area," Norton said.

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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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