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August 10, 2011

Texas Barn Fire Kills 14 Horses

A barn fire in Montgomery County, Texas, has claimed the lives of 14 Arabian horses.

The fire broke out early in the morning of Tuesday, Aug. 9, and ultimately destroyed the barn at the Goslin Nix Training Center in Magnolia. The barn, owned by Fred and Jennifer Goslin, housed 28 horses, most of which were show horses. Fourteen escaped the fire.

Jennifer Goslin’s mother, Gwen Nix, lives on the property and was awakened by a knock at the door around 6 a.m. by a passing motorist who had seen the blaze. Nix then alerted her son-in-law, and he, his son and the passerby worked to rescue as many horses from the barn as possible, according to the Houston Chronicle.

The horses that escaped are being treated for burns and smoke inhalation but should survive. The barn is a total loss, according to Montgomery County Fire Marshal Jimmy Williams.

Donations are being accepted through the Arabian Horsemen’s Distress Fund.

The tragic fire comes on the heels of two other catastrophic barn fires; True Prospect Farm and Over The Hill Farm lost horses in fires earlier this summer.