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smrobs 08-29-2010 10:00 PM

Barn fire.
Well today has officially sucked. I wake up this morning to a phone call at 5:30 from my Step-mom saying ďThe barnís on fire, we need your help with the horses!Ē So I jumped out of bed and threw on clothes to get up there. By the time I got there, the barn was almost completely engulfed. The firemen were doing their best to just keep it under control because it was beyond trying to put it out. My customer horses on the south side of the barn were getting just enough heat and smoke to be scared out of their wits and uncatchable. So for lack of better options, I dropped the fencing in their pens and turned them out into the pasture. Fortunately, there were no animals inside the barn so there was no loss of life and no injury (to people or animals). However, the barn is a total loss. In a way I am glad that it happened last night instead of tonight because we just got a load of hay today and there would have been about $1000 worth of hay stacked in the barn. Instead, we only lost half a bale. The firefighters were able to keep control of the blaze enough to protect the tack room, for the most part. The ceiling did get burned through a bit and as a result, all our saddles and tack ended up with some smoke damage and a bit of water damage from the hoses but they show no ill effects from the heat. A bit of cleaning and airing out and they should be fine. The harness room was not so lucky though, every bit of harness that we had, including that for the horses, was completely destroyed. It looks like John and Bess are going to get to enjoy an extended vacation until we can get them some new harness, but frankly, that isnít at the top of our priority list at this particular moment.

While I didnít fully understand how a loss like this can be so depressing, it really makes me appreciate the community that I live in. Within minutes of the fire dept being paged, every firefighter within 20 miles (whether working our town or not) was on their way to lend a hand however they could. A dear friend from Oklahoma came over in his pickup and brought his big stock trailer just in case we needed it. After all was said and done, one of the firemen had his wife bring us all something to eat and bottles of water. Everyone that drove past, including strangers, would stop to see if they could lend a hand. All day, tons of people from town (even people that donít like my family) were dropping by to see if everyone was okay and if there was anything they could do to help. The outpouring of love and support is a bit overwhelming and Iím still kinda in shock. Every moment since I got the call, I thank heaven that all the animals were outside because if they had been in the barn, there would have been no chance for them to survive.
This is the ceiling above the tack room (you can see the bars on the door at the bottom).

Please, I wonít ask for your prayers because we are going to be okay, I simply ask that you give a hug and a kiss to your family and beloved animal friends. It only takes one moment for an unfortunate accident to turn into a horrific tragedy. We were lucky, not everybody is. Be thankful for everything that you have and donít take anything for granted.

ridergirl23 08-29-2010 10:09 PM

Im glad everyone is okay! It is amazing how people will come together when someone needs it. people amaze me everyday by being so kind.
:) it really does make your appreciate your family,friends and animals. again, glad no one was hurt! and i hope you can get up and running again soon :)

corinowalk 08-29-2010 10:14 PM

Im so thankful that every one is okay! What a terrible thing to happen! **HUGS** if I can help in any way, let me know!

Charis 08-29-2010 10:15 PM

Oh my gosh... smrobs I am at a complete loss for words. I am glad that everyone is okay. What a shock. I hope things return to normal asap for you.

smrobs 08-29-2010 10:19 PM

Thanks guys. I feel much better about the whole thing now than I did this morning. On the way to go get hay, Dad and I discussed plans for a new, smaller barn that will be more practical for what we're doing now. Only really bad thing I see coming out of this is that my horses will likely be scared of my smokey smelling saddle for a while LOL.

A knack for horses 08-29-2010 10:26 PM

That is just scary thinking about what could have happened. Thank G-d you and everybody else is ok, and it is always a wonder how people can pull together in a time of crisis. *Hugs*

charlicata 08-29-2010 10:27 PM

I'm also very sorry for your loss, but so glad that you, your guys, and your boarders guys are ok. I give my guys hugs and kisses several times a day, and couldn't imagine being without them.

franknbeans 08-29-2010 10:30 PM

Oh dear. I am SO sorry, but am also so glad all living things are ok. There is something to be thankful for there, for sure. I cannot imagine how frightening it had to be. **hugs**

smrobs 08-29-2010 10:35 PM

Yep, it was scary for sure. Still is a little bit because it is still smoldering and will probably continue to do so for a couple of days. Unfortunately, we only have a small volunteer fire department and they don't have a lot of the nifty gadgets that bigger city departments have. And, most of them also have normal jobs so it isn't like they can just leave a truck to hang around 'in case' it starts back up. So we will be watching closely until it has cooled down enough to go ahead and finish the demolishing and have it hauled off.

Amarea 08-29-2010 10:54 PM

I am so glad everything and everyone is ok! If we can help in any way, please PM me! I cannot imagine dealing with that!

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