Deaths of colt, mare raise toll of Fort Worth fire to 13 horses

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FORT WORTH -- A mare and a colt injured in a Fort Worth stable fire Monday have died, an official said Friday.

The horses were among eight horses rescued by firefighters from the stable, known as "The Ranch," in northwest Fort Worth. The deaths of the mare and colt raise the toll of the early morning fire to 13.

The mare and colt suffered burns but their more serious injuries were caused by smoke inhalation, said Shelly Meeks, assistant shelter manager at the Humane Society of North Texas. They were initially treated at the humane society and then were taken to a veterinarian in Burleson.

"They just couldn't fight off their injuries and, unfortunately, we lost them," she said.

A third horse that also was burned "is hanging in there and doing OK," Meeks said.

A fire department spokesman Friday said investigators had not yet been able to determine the exact cause of the fire.

"Investigators could not rule out possible accidental causes of the fire," said engineer Tim Hardeman, the spokesman.

He said anyone with information about the fire should call investigators at 817-392-6850.

A Fort Worth patrol officer reported the fire about 2:30 a.m. in the 3000 block of N.W. 30th St. 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, fire officials said after the fire.

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

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

This report includes material from the Star-Telegram archives.

Alex Branch, 817-390-7689

Twitter: @albranch1

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