Fourteen horses have perished in a barn fire in Bedford, New Hampshire.
Another eight horses, two goats and a pig escaped the Thursday morning blaze thanks to the efforts of neighbors as the fire took hold in the 10,000-square-foot barn at Perry Hill Farm, which runs an equestrian academy.
About 50 firefighters from local communities were fighting the blaze at its height.
A jogger reported the fire about 8.30am.
The farm is owned by Harriet Finks and her daughter, Elissa Finks.
A statement from the family’s attorney, John Cronin of Manchester, said the Finks were devastated.
“The fire resulted in the death of several horses, all animals considered to be members of the Finks’ family,” he said.
“We were asked to extend the family’s appreciation to the neighbors who provided notice of the fire and made heroic efforts to rescue several animals before firefighters arrived on the scene. Due to their efforts, several horses were saved. Many thanks to the first responders, volunteers and all others who continue to provide comfort, support and assistance.”