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Horses Saved From Serious Barn Fire

Published: January 5, 2015 4:25 pm ET

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Barn fires make the news for all the wrong reasons. Caregivers do their very best to save as many horses as they can when disaster strikes, but stable blazes have eternally proven to be very deadly. That’s why it is equally newsworthy when a caregiver is able to save scores of equine when tragedy attempts to rear its ugly head.

Reports out of Augusta, Kansas explain that the quick action of an unnamed barn manager saved the lives of 14 to 18 horses late Sunday night, as fire ripped through a large barn.

According to an article by Eyewitness News 12, the barn manager got all of the horses out of the stable before the roof caved in.

The report also states that five different fire crews had to work together to get the blaze under control from roughly 11 p.m. to 2 a.m.

"I can't even imagine having to get the horses out in the dark,” horse owner Deborah Pierce was quoted as saying. “They knew something was wrong and getting them out, they're big animals. I can't say just how grateful I am that she (the barn manager) was here, that she was so responsive, I mean losing our horses would've been devastating."

Most of the horses in the barn were show horses, according to Pierce. Fire officials are still investigating the cause of the blaze.

(With files from the Eyewitness News 12)

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