Nine horses killed in stable fire

  • The spate of barn fires continues in Ontario, Canada, with the death of nine horses in a fire last month (27 February).

    The blaze on a property at New Road in the Norwich township took hold at 5am destroying the barn.

    The latest fire is not the worst to hit the county.

    On 4 January a fire at a top harness racing yard in Puslinch, nearly 50 miles west of Toronto killed 43 Standardbreds.

    Firefighters from five departments were called out to tackle the blaze at Classy Lane Stables.

    The fire started at 11pm and took five hours to bring under control.

    The cost of the damage is estimated to be between $4-$6m and the fire is not being treated as suspicious.

    The fire destroyed Barn 1, which housed horses trained by Ben Wallace, Roger Mayotte, Chantal Mitchell, Kris Di Cenzo, Dan Lagace and Floyd Amos.

    A GoFundMe campaign set up to support those affected has been well supported by the horseracing industry.

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    Later in January another barn fire at a private farm in Mount Forest, northwest of Guelph killed a dozen horses.

    There have also been three other barn fires at farms this year in Ontario killing goats, cattle and chickens.

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