Six horses died Monday when flames swept through a barn in southeastern Fort Worth at Lake Arlington.
The fire broke out at about 6 a.m. Monday in the lakefront barn on Wilbarger Street, Fort Worth fire Lt. Kent Worley told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
Firefighters were able to enable some horses to escape, but six didn't make it.
It's one of the worst things I've ever seen," said Samantha Laos, of the Humane Society of North Texas. "They're trying to save an injured mare and find her a foster home."
The horses belong to the Circle L 5 Riding Club of Texas, one of the oldest African American horse riding clubs in the state. The horses often perform in local rodeos and parades.
"I cried all the way down here and I'm going to be crying again in a minute," said Tony Coleman, who lost all four of his horses. "These are my kids, man, (I) raised two of them from babies."
Melvin Maxey, the president of Circle L 5, lost a 14-year old horse he had raised from a colt.
"It was a tragedy to see everything that happened and I'm just sad about the horses," he said.
There's no word on a cause yet.