11 Horses Die in Overnight Stable Fire

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    Fort Worth firefighters extinguish flames save some horses from burning stables. (Published Monday, Feb 4, 2013)

    Nearly a dozen horses died in Fort Worth after a fire started in a large stable overnight, fire crews said.

    According to fire investigators, 11 horses died after being trapped in the stable in the 3000 block of NW 30th Street.

    Firefighters and police rescued eight horses before fire spread to other parts of the stable. Three of the eight horses had visible burn injuries, said Tim Hardeman, public information officer for the Fort Worth Fire Department.

    Those three injured included a mare and her foal. The third horse is not expected to survive, Hardeman said in a written statement.

    Firefighters were hampered to some degree because of access to the property, said Fort Worth Fire Division Chief Bobby Tatum. The first crew had to run hoses about 200 feet to reach the buildings. Wind gusts of up to 20 miles an hour also created problems, Tatum said.

    The initial call came from an officer on patrol around 2:30 a.m.

    One firefighter was slightly injured with burns to his hands. He was treated at the scene.

    Fire crews said several pieces of machinery were also destroyed in the fire.

    Nearly 40 firefighters responded to fight the fire. Fire crews say they don't know yet what caused the fire.