Alabama Barn Fire Kills Tennessee Walking Horses

An early morning barn fire claimed the lives of more than 20 Tennessee Walking Horses in Alabama earlier this week.

Stephen Young, public information officer for the Limestone County Sheriff's Office, said a passerby reported seeing a barn engulfed in flames on Sept. 4. When fire fighters arrived, they discovered that the barn was fully involved and that its roof had collapsed.

Twenty-five show horses were in the barn when the fire began, two of which escaped the flames. Another 10 animals, including mares and foals, in paddocks also survived, Young said.

“In all, 23 horse were killed in the fire,” he said.

Fire officials determined that fire's cause was electrical, Young 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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