Man and four horses die in stable blaze

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A man and four horses have perished in a stable fire in Miami-Dade County, Florida.

A still from the 6 News report on the fire.
A still from an NBC News report on the fire.

Miami-Dade firefighters responded to the call around 1am on Sunday, and took 30 minutes to get the blaze under control, hauling water from a nearby canal to fight it.

The fire was at the Rubio Ranch on the corner of NW 122 Ave and 154th Street, in the northeast of the county.

The property owner is said to have told fire personnel that a man resided in the stable. A body was found at the rear of the building soon after.

The name of the victim has yet to be released.

Several horses are reported to have made it out of the stables alive, but four died.

Miami-Dade Chief Fire Officer, Cesar Fabal told WPLG news: “We were not able to establish a water supply because there were no hydrants nearby…We had to do a specialized operation and draft, which is taking water out of a body of water (canal) and relaying it to the scene.”

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Meanwhile, in Kentucky, a person died and two horses were badly injured when a truck hauling a horse trailer crashed on Sunday morning.

Reports suggest the truck struck a guard rail on the southbound lane of Interstate 71 near the Boone/Gallatin County line. One person was pronounced dead at the scene.

Southbound lanes were closed for two hours while investigators checked the scene and the road was cleared.

A request for a helicopter to carry an injured person could not be met because weather conditions were too stormy for flying.

A person was taken to hospital by ambulance.

Of the four horses in the trailer, two were described in reports as critical.

The fate of the animals is not known.

 

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