So last night I got a call around 1230 from my barn owner saying that lightening had struck her house (which is connected to the barn and the sheds in my horse's pasture; its only like a 6 stall barn) and part of the house had burned to the ground. The part that burned was adjacent to my horse's pasture (the other side and the barn only had smoke damage), but they were able to get Rocky and his pasture mate Sassy out alright and across the street before the flames spread.
I was so proud of him. Apparently even with smoke everywhere and flames shooting out of the garage he allowed himself to be caught by a stranger (barn worker from the stable across the street who lives on that property and saw the fire) and led across the street in the middle of the night. He' staying over there with sassy until they can rebuild the fence. No horses were hurt, nor any of the owner's pets thank god.
I was concerned but it really hit me when I pulled up and saw the singed and demolished wood that used to be my horse's run in shed. I mean, he uses it all the time and the fire could have jumped on the roof while he was in there. Luckily, I have a very intelligent horse who moved with sassy the minute they saw the fire and were well out by the time it spread. It still upsets me though to think of my horse in that kind of danger. I was just wanting to share (it makes me feel better) and wondering if anyone else had been through a barn fire, and the anxiety they may have felt afterwards. I mean, I know my horse wasn't hurt, but it still makes me anxious thinking of what could have been. Anyone else had similar feelings?