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post #11 of 28 Old 01-14-2011, 11:02 AM
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It's very sad but per the paper - the fire was electrical - not set.

Heaters suspected in barn fire :: Lake County :: Post-Tribune
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post #12 of 28 Old 01-14-2011, 11:12 AM
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Interesting, mls. Thank you for finding that article.

The first thing I thought was either something electrical, or hay combustion. If it had been deliberate arson, I doubt the police and fire investigators would be too lazy/corrupt/disinterested to pursue.

Barn fires are not uncommon, because barns have many combustible items in them. Barn fires and colic are two of my worst nightmares, because although we can take precautions, they're not always preventable.

I'm very sorry for the OP's tragic loss of her horses and barn, but the conspiracy theory of some random, evil arsonist just didn't ring true for me.

Bad things happen to even the best of people. Doesn't mean it was anything more than a tragic accident.
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post #13 of 28 Old 01-14-2011, 11:41 AM
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Interesting, mls. Thank you for finding that article.
The OP mentioned the article - I just completed the circle.
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post #14 of 28 Old 01-14-2011, 11:42 AM
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A barn nearby here burned down killing 14 horses. It was also electrical problems. The police and firefighters looked at arson and found nothing. Arson is not something they take lightly, if it were arson not saying it is ,not saying it's not, but they aren't just going to not care to look into it.
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MLS, thank you for finding the article.

OP, so sorry for the tragic loss of your horses.

Having no control is always a horrible feeling in a sad situation like this.


I agree with SR, barn fire is something I do worry about myself. There is just so much out there that is combustible.
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post #16 of 28 Old 01-14-2011, 12:48 PM
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I can't find the words to say but Sorry. I wish you and Phil the best.

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post #17 of 28 Old 01-14-2011, 05:32 PM Thread Starter
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Goodbye my wild pretty boys...

Hello to all those posting here,

Thank you for all of your kind words, it helps to know that there are so many good people in the world. I know that some of you posting also have suffered the heartache of losing your horse and my heart goes out to you as well.

Except for one dog that belonged to the neighbor, all of the animals that died in my barn Phil and I rescued years ago and they became our pets. Here are their names: Horses: Geronimo, Cochise, and Cortez. Dogs: Sylvester, Blackie, Princess, Elsie, Spot and the neighbor’s dog Baby-Bear. Raccoons: Mugsy and Peppy.

After the fire, little Peppy was the found completely intact, fur and all. Poor little Peppy was clutching tightly in his right paw, his little Barbie type doll. The doll had realistic looking hair and was about one third the size of a Barbie doll. Peppy never broke that doll, never chewed on her and never pulled her hair out. He had her for about two years. When cleaning the cage, if the doll was on the floor and Phil reached to pick her up, Peppy would growl and run off into his big hiding box with her.

I will try to post all of their photos on my profile page.
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post #18 of 28 Old 01-14-2011, 07:31 PM Thread Starter
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Not guilty as assumed

I apologize for writing so much.

I appreciate you looking into the news of the fire. I’m glad that people have taken an interest. I don’t wish to make waves with authorities around here or with my insurance company so I’ve stopped pushing. As the fire was still burning, certain people had already decided that it was electrical or some fault of mine due to some assumed stupidity on my part.

In one news article they allude several space heaters as the cause and then say it’s still being investigated. I assure you that every precaution was taken to assure the safety of my animals and NO space heaters were in use. That statement was unfounded speculation prior to any investigation. Even the lawnmowers stored in the garage next to the barn had dry tanks. All of the barn wiring was in metal conduit, even metal face- plates etc. The barn had it’s own circuit breaker and a fuse box. I had it inspected before I got my horses six years ago and the inspector was impressed with the electrical set up.

I am not a commercial facility, these animals were my pets and I loved them tremendously. Many different causes can lead to fire. I’m not a fire science expert. The experts have since determined that the hay was not the cause and so far the cause is officially undetermined. I’ve since discovered that there have been many barn fires throughout Indiana and Illinois in 2010 and it’s amazing that in nearly all cases they assume electrical and close the cases as undetermined.

When a barn burns so badly, finding evidence of the actual cause is almost impossible. Catching an arsonist once he’s fled the scene is also nearly impossible. Unless someone can prove to me an accidental cause for that fire, I will always believe it was arson and I will forever blame myself for not protecting my horses. The fire started on the side of my barn farthest from my house and I do have enemies. The authorities have no proof that it was electrical but closing the case as electrical or undetermined is better for everyone involved… except of course, for my dead horses and me.

I wish the fire was electrical or accidental because the thought that the arsonist may come back is making me sick.
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post #19 of 28 Old 01-14-2011, 08:12 PM Thread Starter
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Undetermined

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Read the entire article. Those are his assumptions before investigating. At the end of the same article he also states that its undetermined and still under investigation.
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post #20 of 28 Old 01-14-2011, 08:29 PM Thread Starter
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Wish it never happened

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You are awesome! Thank you for the words of support and empathy. I made a few posts throughout this thread regarding everyone around here “ho humming” my fire. There is so much to deal with right now regarding clean up, insurance and rebuilding my head is swimming and I’m anticipating many more complications. I will keep everyone up on any new information. Again, thank you for your kindness.
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