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Barn fire at equestrian training farm kills 24 horses

More than 30 firefighters responded in subfreezing temperatures; the horses died from smoke inhalation


Associated Press

SIMSBURY, Conn. — A barn fire at a Connecticut equestrian training and boarding farm has killed 24 horses.

The fire at Folly Farm in Simsbury was reported Thursday morning and was extinguished within minutes as more than 30 firefighters from Simsbury and neighboring Avon responded in subfreezing temperatures.

Fire officials investigate the cause of a fire at Folly Farm in Simsbury, Conn. (John Woike/Hartford Courant via AP)
Fire officials investigate the cause of a fire at Folly Farm in Simsbury, Conn. (John Woike/Hartford Courant via AP)

A posting on the farm's Facebook page says the horses died from smoke inhalation and there are no words to express the sorrow.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Farm and fire officials are notifying the horses' owners.

Folly Farm is a 175-acre family-owned farm about 10 miles northwest of Hartford. It offers horse riding and competition lessons, boarding and polo instruction.

 

RIP Folly Farm Angels

Posted by Folly Farm on Thursday, December 28, 2017
 

There are no words to express our sorrow this morning. The fire department is still investigating the possible cause of...

Posted by Folly Farm on Thursday, December 28, 2017
 

As we have received so many calls we wanted to try to keep you updated as to what happened overnight at Folly Farm. As...

Posted by Folly Farm on Thursday, December 28, 2017

 

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