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        12-07-2013, 11:22 AM
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    Green Broke
    Angry Our beautiful historic barn was put in jeopardy last night, rant

    Last night the barn right next door to where I board Cinny burned to the ground. Many were on standby to relocate our horses, but luckily it wasn't necessary. The barn that burned housed rabbits. Many were rescued by the fire department but more than half perished. The rescued bunnies have been placed in our heated wash rack for now because the Fire department was unable to reach the owner last night.

    The fire was caused by an unattended space heater! This makes me a bit angry but the worst part is, the owners left the property completely, leaving loose rabbits with an unattended space heater? Hello???? My guess is a loose rabbit knocked it over!

    Their barn is very close to ours and the volunteer fire department spent a lot of their energy in preventing the fire from spreading to us as the neighbors barn was fully engulfed when they arrived.

    This is so sad, could have been so much worse and should never have even happened in the first place. I'm so so mad!

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        12-07-2013, 11:49 AM
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    Originally Posted by Cinnys Whinny    

    The fire was caused by an unattended space heater! This makes me a bit angry but the worst part is, the owners left the property completely, leaving loose rabbits with an unattended space heater? Hello???? My guess is a loose rabbit knocked it over!
    Some people are so ignorant..... glad your barn was spared...

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        12-07-2013, 12:06 PM
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    Yearling
    Thank goodness for those volunteer firefighters! Glad all is ok on your side of the fence.
         
        12-07-2013, 12:11 PM
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    Yearling
    OMG! How horrible! It never fails to amaze me how stupid some people can be. A house burned down across the stree from me last winter for almost the same reason. A space heater left on with a dog in the house. Thank goodness your barn was spared. Bless those voulenteer fire fighters, it was down right NASTY out last night!
         
        12-07-2013, 12:15 PM
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    Green Broke
    My BO just posted another pic, and it gives me the creeps. The trailers you see are OUR trailers. Just cut off of the left edge of the picture where the fire truck is, is our West barn and indoor arena. This is how close this thing was!

    We also have a head count of saved bunnies, it's just over 40. So sad that so many of the rest weren't saved, the voluteer fire departments were awesome...they didn't have to go into that barn to save any of them, but they did.

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        12-07-2013, 12:23 PM
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    Thank goodness for those volunteer firefighters! Glad all is ok on your side of the fence.
    Here, here!! I have great respect for folks who are prepared to volunteer their time to tasks like this - it's much more than I could do.
         
        12-07-2013, 12:55 PM
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    Foal
    How stupied can people get. Should have their heads checked out, people like that should not be owning any pets,,,,,,,,,,,,,
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        12-07-2013, 04:13 PM
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    Green Broke
    I finally got out to the barn with the intent of turning Cinny out. When it's below 15 degrees they don't turn out so he hasn't been turned out all week. I figured with that on top of last nights drama he'd be pretty worked up.

    The driveway was covered in a lot of ice as the fire trucks came in to our stable as it was easier to access the burning barn. I went in to Cinny's barn and I've never seen him fretting so much before. He looked like he hadn't slept all night and had worry wrinkles around his eyes. Head hung low, looking sulkily at me. I could almost hear him begging to get out as if he were speaking it.

    I took him right outside and he practically pulled me the whole way, which is rare, he's usually excellent on the lead. Turned him out and he had the most relieved look on his face. Now I feel bad that I have to go put him back in there later, but maybe he will have his head clear and after being able to see outside he will feel safe again.

    The barn next door is still smoldering :(
         
        12-07-2013, 05:36 PM
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    Yearling
    Stupid? Or interested in collecting insurance?
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        12-07-2013, 11:27 PM
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    Green Broke
    If they were loose hopefully some escaped. Not that that's a good life, but it's better than burning to death (though I'm sure the smoke did a lot...) poor things.
    Glad your horses and barn are all fine.
         

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