A barn fire killed eighteen horses early Wednesday morning at a boarding stable near Plainfield, IL according to fire officials.
Firefighters responded to Del Real Stables around 1 a.m., although by the time they arrived flames engulfed the west side of the barn. Officials brought the fire under control a short time later but it had already spread.
Two horse owners sustained minor injuries.
The barn reportedly housed thirty-one horses at the time of the fire. Eighteen horses died in the blaze.
Eight-year-old Arabella was one of the horses killed in the fire. Her owner posted online, “she meant so much to me; first horse to own; shared bloodlines with another horse I loved as a teenager, and helping me deal with my mom’s death.”
Owners pulled 13 horses to safety.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.
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