Seven horses were killed in a barn blaze at the Gulfstream Polo Club in Lake Worth Saturday, Palm Beach County Fire Rescue said.
Four other horses were burned and are being treated by a veterinarian, Capt. Michael Bergeron told NBC 6.
Firefighters responded at 12:08 p.m. to the fire at 4550 Polo Road, with those arriving first finding “a large barn that was fully involved with fire,” the department said in a statement.
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Despite the firefighters’ efforts, seven thoroughbreds perished in the fire, the department said.
The blaze destroyed the barn, which was 70-80 feet long, Bergeron told NBC News.
“Not one inch of the barn was not totally engulfed in flames when I got there. The flames were 10 feet above the roof,” the polo club’s president, Randy Aversano, told The Palm Beach Post.
No people were injured, the Post reported.
Palm Beach County Fire Rescue said Saturday night that investigators concluded the fire was caused by “an electrical overload inside a tack room that was being used as a kitchen."