24 horses killed in barn fire CT

UPDATE: Two Dozen Horses Killed in Connecticut Barn Fire

Worn Electric Outlet

update February 3, 2018

A fire investigation reveals a worn electrical outlet caused the barn fire that killed 24 horses at Folly Farm in late December. For more from the final report, click here.

Folly Farm Fire

Twenty four horses perished on Dec. 27 in one of the nation’s worst barn fires in recent history. The early-morning blaze at the Patricelli family’s Folly Farm in Simsbury, CT, impacted the main barn, where two dozen horses primarily used for riding lessons and polo were housed.

Nineteen horses living in other barns were unharmed.

According to Simsbury Fire Chief James Baldis, the horses died of smoke inhalation. The cause of the fire is still under investigation, but appears accidental.

The 175-acre farm hosts numerous special events and has an active horseback riding school. It is home to the Simsbury Polo Club.

Barn manager Alison Patricelli wrote of the loss on Facebook: “These gentle souls taught hundreds of children and adults how to ride, to play polo and to love through the years. They were the heart and soul of Folly Farm and of our lives.”