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August 11, 2011

Washington Barn Fire Claims Six Horses

A fire destroyed the barn and indoor arena at Dutch Mills Farm in Arlington, Wash., on Tuesday, Aug. 9, claiming the lives of six horses and injuring four others.

Jason Roberts awoke around 2 a.m. on to find his family-owned English riding and training facility alight. He ran into the 12-stall barn to save as many horses as possible with the help of his wife, Helga, who is the farm’s head trainer, and her father.

More than 40 firefighters arrived on the scene shortly after, and Davis told The Daily Herald that many tried to save more horses but were driven back by the flames. Of the four horses that were saved, three remain at the Pilchuck Veterinary Hospital.

Roberts and his father-in-law were treated for burns they sustained in the rescue and released. Fire officials estimate the damages at $600,000. The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Snohomish County fire marshal’s office.

The tragedy occurred the same day that a barn fire in Texas killed 14 horses, and it comes on the heels of the True Prospect Farm and Over The Hill Farm fires in Pennsylvania.