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Owner dies saving his horses in massive barn fire

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A massive Dec. 12 barn fire in West Sand Lake claimed the life of a New York man and his four horses. Keith Meissner, 60, of 214 Thais Road, desperately tried to rescue his horses from the burning barn, and his bravery cost his life. All four of his horses also perished.

Despite the assistance of ten local fire departments, it took hours to extinguish the blaze. The barn structure was almost burned to the ground. Officials are now trying to determine what caused the fire that appears to have started in the front of the barn.

Crews had the fire out completely by early Friday morning. Upon a preliminary inspection, the Rensselaer County Sheriff's Office said the fire does not look suspicious. Meissner’s body along with the horses were found in the rubble.

Meissner lived with Dolores, his wife, on their farm along the Wynants Kill in West Sand Lake. Together they owned Meissner’s Auction Service in New Lebanon.

Dolores said, “He died saving his horses. He loved his children and his grandchildren.”

Source: Firehouse

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