A barn fire kills 23 horses at Mercury Equine Center, a Lexington Thoroughbred training center.

23 Horses Perish in Mercury Equine Center Stable Fire

Mercury Equine Center

A barn fire at a Thoroughbred training center in Kentucky killed 23 horses Sunday.

The blaze started in the early hours at the Mercury Equine Center in Lexington. The barn housed 36 horses including yearlings and a few race horses, according to media reports.

Before the burning structure collapsed 13 horses escaped or were saved by staff.

The 60-acre facility houses an additional 50 horses, which remained safe.

Mercury Equine Center specializes in breaking yearlings, race training, injury rehab and sales prep, according to its website.

Fire officials are investigating the cause of the fire.