11 horses killed in stable fire in northwest Fort Worth

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FORT WORTH -- An early-morning fire Monday killed 11 horses at stables in northwest Fort Worth, authorities said.

Firefighters and Fort Worth police officers rescued eight horses from their stalls while battling the blaze, said Fire Department spokesman Tim Hardeman.

Three of the eight horses were burned, including a mare and her foal.

The third horse is not expected to survive.

Injuries to the other horses appeared to be minor.

A Fort Worth patrol officer reported the fire about 2:30 a.m. in the 3000 block of Northwest 30th Street.

The cause was still under investigation Monday night, said Capt. Tom Crow, another Fire Department spokesman.

The stables, called "The Ranch," were a boarding facility, said owner Jose Martinez.

Late Monday, he said he did not know the cause of the fire or if he would rebuild the stables.

The facility consisted of three buildings about 500 feet long. Two were destroyed, and at least half of the remaining building was also lost.

Firefighters initially had trouble reaching the property and had to stretch hoses about 200 feet to get to the west end of the buildings. Winds were gusting up to 20 mph, Hardeman said.

When the first firefighters arrived, they found "heavy fire" on the east end of the stables and several horses trapped. Firefighters and three police officers worked together to free the horses from their locked stalls.

One firefighter was treated at the scene for minor burns on his hands.

Two pieces of machinery -- a trencher and a skid loader -- and two vehicles were also destroyed in the fire, firefighters reported.

Staff writer Bill Miller contributed to this report.

Bill Hanna, 817-390-7698

Twitter: @fwhanna

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