Fire at Kentucky Barn Kills Dozens of Horses


An early-morning barn fire at an equine training center in Lexington, Ky., killed dozens of horses, most of them yearlings, police said Sunday.

The fire, reported around 1:15 a.m. on the property of Mercury Equine Center, broke out in a yearling barn, WKYT-TV reported.

Worker Emory Brenklin said he saw the flames and could only think of one thing to do: “Just try to stay alive myself and get as many horses out as I could.”

Brenklin said he saved at least seven horses, and the center’s owner, Eric Reed, said workers rescued as many as they could before flames overtook the structure. In all, 13 animals made it out alive, Reed said.

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SOURCE: USA Today, Greg Toppo