Fire Roars Through North Carolina Stable, Killing 13 Horses

A fire chief says 13 horses died when a blaze roared through their stables on a North Carolina farm.

Authorities said the fire was reported at around 3:30 a.m. Thursday about 15 miles northwest of Chapel Hill.

Orange Grove Fire Chief Tommy Holmes says the blaze had burned through the barn's roof and the horses were dead by the time the first of about 40 volunteer firefighters arrived about 10 minutes later.

Authorities say firefighters kept the blaze from an adjacent stable, saving nine other horses.

Holmes said the horses were likely owned by people who boarded the animals at the farm, which had a riding track.

The fire chief says investigators are on the scene trying to figure out what caused the blaze on Marions Ford Road.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by Anonymous on Apr 8, 2010 at 08:15 PM
    OK.... Mr. NS....then ALL DEATH is tragic? Puleese!...are you a bleeding heart liberal or something? My cat died a few years back...excuse me, I've got to go mourn, again.
  • by NS Location: Greenville on Apr 8, 2010 at 04:54 PM
    Anonymous- A joke? That's how Dahmer started. You have a real problem. This is tragic.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 8, 2010 at 11:43 AM
    "Hot Glue" LMAO! I'm sure some of the horses owners wouldn't appreciate the joke...but I do. I can laugh in the face of death. Some say I'm lucky, but once you see the things I've seen,...a horse dying is no big deal. There Are Worse Things!
  • by Stick on Apr 8, 2010 at 09:41 AM
    Wow, talk about your "hot glue", if this was arson then somebody is gonna be in a pretty sticky situation.
  • by Ms. Spellcheck ^_^ Location: Chocowinity on Apr 8, 2010 at 07:35 AM
    Witn Editor, the headline of this story has "Carolina" spelled incorrectly. Darn those typos, darn them.
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