Fire started by lightning burns barn, hay loss put at $30,000

August 14, 1994|By From Staff Reports

A fire ignited by lightning destroyed a barn at a thoroughbred horse farm in Winfield Thursday night, causing $30,000 in damage, according to the state fire marshal's office.

The barn, which was being used to store hay, burned to the ground quickly, said Raymond Hatfield, an employee at Shamrock Farms, the 600-acre horse farm in the 4900 block of Woodbine Road.

There were no injuries to people or animals, Mr. Hatfield said.

The fire started at 9:20 p.m. and was under control an hour later, Allen Ward, a deputy chief state fire marshal, said.

About 75 firefighters from area fire departments responded to the fire, Mr. Ward said.

Although the barn was filled with hay wagons at the time of the fire, Mr. Hatfield said it is usually open to the horses for shelter.

He said he put the hay in the barn Thursday afternoon to shield it from the rain. The entrance to the barn was blocked to keep the horses away from the hay.

During the fire, the roughly 100 horses at the farm were kept under control, Mr. Hatfield said.

Some remained at the bottom of a hill, out of sight of the blaze, and others were put in other barns on the property, he said.

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