Up to 20 horses die in Louisiana stable blaze

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louisianaUp to 20 racehorses are believed to have perished in a stable fire near Louisiana Downs Racecourse.

Those at the scene managed to free just one horse from the complex in Haughton, in Bossier Parish, early on Thursday evening before the blaze consumed the 30-year-old building.

The River Point Stables building, reported to be owned by Alan Fox, was ablaze in minutes, according to witnesses.

Retired jockey Geno Dezinat is credited with saving one horse from the barn.

Forty firefighters, from South Bossier District 2, Bossier District 1, Haughton and Bossier City departments, arrived at the scene within eight minutes, but it was too late to save the horses.

They did, however, stop it spreading to a neighbouring barn.

The cause is being investigated, but foul play is not suspected.

 

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