"It has been transformed to be a complete equine training center".
Fire Officials in Lexington, Kentucky, believe lightning may have contributed to an early morning barn fire that killed 23 thoroughbred horses on Sunday.
High winds kept the barn burning for hours, keeping firefighters from knowing for sure if the other horses were inside.
Firefighters have only been able to account for 20 of those horses.
The horses, owned by 15 different individuals, were not insured, Reed said, but the barn was covered, although any eventual settlement likely won't cover the cost of a replacement building.
"They were heroes, the people who work for me", said Eric Reed.
The paper reported that 13 horses managed to escape the blaze. We were getting the horses out, but the barn was fully engulfed. According to Mr. Reed's statement, the fire spread out quickly and the only thing anyone could see was a cloud of dark smoke and raging flames.
Reed says most of the horses who died were yearlings and some were racehorses.
A fire tore through a barn at a thoroughbred training center near Lexington, Kentucky, killing nearly two dozen horses, the owner and local law enforcement said on Monday.
The Mercury Equine Center covers 60 acres, and has three large barns with 160 stalls. Severe thunderstorms moved through the area Saturday night, and Reed speculates that the barn may have been struck by lightning. It routinely ships horses to tracks in "Ohio, Illinois, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, Florida, Indiana, and as far as California", according to its website.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation.