Barn fire kills 27 horses

A barn fire in southern Michigan killed 27 horses and sent a farm worker to a hospital with burns, authorities said Wednesday.
AP Wire
Feb 24, 2012

 

The fire broke out Tuesday night fire at Campbell Stables and wasn’t considered suspicious, authorities said.

A neighbor reported seeing flames shoot 100 feet in the air, according to the Jackson Citizen Patriot. It burned for several hours.

At about 10:40 p.m., firefighters were called to the stables in Jackson County’s Grass Lake Township, about 60 miles west of Detroit. Crews arrived to find a two-story barn fully engulfed in flames and firefighters from five area departments fought the blaze.

The injured employee was taken to an Ann Arbor hospital with burns to his hands and legs, said Grass Lake Township Fire Chief Greg Jones.

The owner originally reported there were 38 horses in the barn, but later realized she miscounted, Jones said.

“She was so upset,” he said. “She just wasn’t thinking clearly.”

The cause of the fire is not known, Jones said. He did not anticipate having a report on the cause until late this week or early next week.

There was no immediate estimate of the cost of the damage.

 

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