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Arson Blamed for Georgia Barn Fire

Clayton County authorities say Jonathan Espinoza-Vasquez allegedly set fire to the stable in retaliation toward the property owner, killing 24 horses in the process.

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A Georgia man is facing multiple charges for allegedly causing a barn fire that killed two dozen horses in Clayton County.

Earlier this month, Clayton County Fire and Emergency Services personnel responded to a report from an owner that the barn on his property was on fire. All 24 horses in the barn at the time of the fire died.

In a written statement Clayton County Fire Chief Landry Merkison said during its investigation the Clayton County Fire Marshal’s Office learned that a tipster informed the Clayton County Police Department thorough CrimeStoppers of Greater Atlanta that the fire had been deliberately set.

“The tipster indicated that Jonathan Espinoza-Vasquez set fire to the stable in alleged retaliation toward the owner of the property,” the statement

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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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