Barn blaze in Georgia kills more than a dozen horses


More than a dozen horses, two miniature horses and a small dog are dead after a fire ripped through a large barn complex in Cherokee County, Georgia, on Thursday night.

Firefighters arrived at New Vintage Farm, in Woodstock, shortly after 11pm on Thursday, but the building was already well ablaze and starting to collapse.

It is understood that those on the property managed to save 18 horses from the building as the blaze took hold, but 15 could not be saved.

Fire investigators are working to establish the cause.

New Vintage Farm is described on its website as a Hunter Show Farm owned by Julie Curtin, who has been riding and training horses for more than 20 years.

Friends have rallied and a Go Fund Me page set up by a friend in a bid to help the farm recover had raised more than $US63,000 of its $US75,000 target at the time of writing.

People have also been posting messages of support on the farm’s Facebook page.

“We are so overwhelmed and unbelievably thankful for everyone’s support,” a post from the farm said. The blaze had seen the loss of many of their horses and the barn, they said.

“We are very saddened by this, but we know we will rebuild and be stronger than ever.”

Reports said the surviving horses had been sent to the Wills Parks Equestrian Center in Alpharetta.

Three fire departments turned out to fight the blaze – the Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services, along with Woodstock and Roswell fire departments.

Meanwhile, Global News in Canada is reporting the loss of 11 horses and a dog in a barn fire in New Brunswick on Thursday.

The barn in Sackville caught alight around 7am during a storm battering the region.

Four of the horses were said to be pregnant.

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