A blazing fire in the early morning hours killed eleven horses in a Fort Worth, Texas boarding stable. Another eight horses were pulled out of the building in a dangerous rescue by firefighters and police officers. Three of the rescued horses sustained burns, and one of the horses is in critical condition and may not survive.
An alert police officer had discovered flames and a plume of smoke shooting from the stable at 2:30 a.m. on February 4. Firefighters encountered difficulty in reaching the flames when they first got to the blazing buildings. They had to stretch hoses over 200 feet to connect with the burning buildings. Gusts of wind in excess of 20 mph were whipping the flames making it even more difficult to get the fire under control.
The stables had three buildings that were approximately 500 feet in length. Two buildings were total losses and more than half of the third building was destroyed. A trencher, a skid loader and two vehicles were also lost in the fire.
One firefighter suffered burns to his hands during attempts to free the horses. He was treated at the scene.
As yet, the cause of the fire that killed 11 horses and injured others has not been determined. Fort Worth fire authorities are investigating.
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