Florida Barn Fire Claims Pregnant Mare

A fire at a breeding farm claimed the life of a pregnant mare and caused more than $425,000 in other damages.
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Fire authorities in Brevard County, Fla., believe that an electrical issue could have caused a fire at a breeding farm that claimed the life of a pregnant mare and caused more than $425,000 in other damages.

Lt. Jeff Taylor, public information officer for the Brevard County Fire Rescue, said that on the afternoon of March 3, a pair of workmen reported a fire at a home and breeding barn in Canaveral Grove, Fla. Taylor said that fire officials believe that the fire began inside the breeding stable then quickly spread to a horse trailer containing more than 200 bales of hay. The blaze then spread to the main residence nearby, he said.

A pregnant mare expected to foal within days of the incident was located inside the barn at the time of the incident; the animal perished after bystanders’ repeated rescue attempts failed, Taylor said.

In addition to the loss of the mare and foal, the blaze caused more than $425,000 in damages, Taylor said. The property’s owners were away at horse show at the time of the incident, he said. The fire remains under investigation, Taylor said

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Pat Raia is a veteran journalist who enjoys covering equine welfare, industry, and news. In her spare time, she enjoys riding her Tennessee Walking Horse, Sonny.

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