Nearly 3-Dozen Horses Killed In Michigan Barn Fire - WLNS TV 6 Lansing - Jackson | Your Local News Leader

Nearly 3-Dozen Horses Killed In Michigan Barn Fire

Posted: Updated:

CALIFORNIA TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - Officials say nearly three-dozen racehorses died when a barn caught fire in southern Michigan.

Montgomery Fire Chief Brad Freeburn said the structure was engulfed in flames when crews arrived Saturday afternoon. A passer-by spotted smoke and called 911 around 12:30 p.m.

According to Freeburn, the barn is owned by an Angola, Ind., man who trains horses at the facility in Branch County's California Township. The 35 horses that died belonged to the man's clients.

The chief says the fire likely was sparked by an electrical malfunction, but remains under investigation.

The barn was declared a total loss.

Freeburn says the owner wasn't there when the fire broke out.

California Township sits along Michigan's southern boundary about 100 miles southwest of Detroit.

Powered by WorldNow

2820 East Saginaw Street,
Lansing, MI  48912

Telephone: 517.372.8282
Fax: 517.372.1507

Can’t find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Young Broadcasting of Lansing, Inc. A Media General Company.