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wildhorsesgone 01-13-2011 04:37 PM

They burned my horses alive.
An Accounting of the fire:

I saw reflection of police lights and there was a terrible pounding on the door. A policeman looked at me and said, what at this point in my life are the worst five words Iíve ever heard together Ö ďMam, your barnís on fire.Ē I felt as though I had just stepped into a nightmare. He tried to stop me but I ran, and as I slipped and slid my way down my driveway I saw the sky lit up out back and smelled the smoke. About twenty feet from the barn the heat stopped me. It was like the door on a thousand degree oven was just opened. The fire was absolute and ominous. I kept reaching for the door handle on the slider but my hand betrayed me and pulled back from the fire, it was like some horrible dream.

Where my loft door should have been was a gigantic ball of fire. It looked like the sun was trying to push its way through my loft door. And the lower doors, oh my God. There were no tongues of licking flame there either; you know what I mean, like you see in a fireplace? All around the top and side of the lower sliding door were what looked like sheets of fire; they were blowing through the tiny cracks of the doorís edges and they extended out about three feet. The sound was terrible, such a loud unholy roaring, and the black smoke was billowing from everywhere above. But the front exterior walls of the barn looked just the same as they did on a normal day. It was eerie and surreal. All I could think wasÖ ďMy horses!Ē ďSomeone set my horses on fire!Ē

Busting down the gates and running to the back, I kept falling. I had on house slippers and the ice melting from the heat was so slick and I could hear the policeman yelling, ďDonít go back there!Ē If he could have stopped me without killing me or knocking me unconscious, I think my soul would have died because though I knew nothing could be alive in that awful inferno I still hoped against all reasoning that by some miracle the fire was only burning along the inside walls at the front.

Oh my God! The back door was so tightly shut and the sheets of fire were still somehow managing to billow out around the edges with such force, like some terrible rocket was trying to lift off from inside. I kept trying to reach for the door but I kept falling. I ran back to the house screaming for Phil. I knew no creature could live in that gigantic furnace that was once my barn but like a little child, I expected him to fix it. I donít know how, but he pulled open the swinging door next to the slider on the front and the smoke just billowed out like some evil black cloud. We were both incredulous at the atrocity before us as we watched Hades rise from inside my barn. We were both incredulous at the atrocity before us as we watched Hades rise from inside my barn.

There are worse things that could happen and Iím grateful to God that they didnít but itís so impossible to dismiss this incident as insignificant as compared to whatís good about life. Oh, my God! Why did this have to happen? I would trade my life to spare my horses of the terror and pain that they endured. A total of eleven animals died including my three beautiful wild horses. Iím certain that it was arson but nobody else really cares. The news hit front page of two local Indiana papers ( NWI Times and Gary Post Tribune) on Dec. 30, 2010 but now itís old news for everyone but me and Phil.

Someone out there must know who committed this horrible act and I hope that they will have the courage and decency to turn in the perpetrator(s). They could do so anonymously, they should at least notify me.

GreyRay 01-13-2011 04:47 PM

Wow, that is so sad :(
Our house burned down in October of 08 and we lost all of our House pets. 3 great danes, a red healer, a mutt dog, rabits, cats, a cockatoo and several others.
There seemed to be a lot of barn fires in northern IN the year 08. Sad :(
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wildhorsesgone 01-13-2011 05:08 PM

Thank you GreyRay and I am sorry for your loss. Pets are like little children and losing them is heartbreaking. You are right about the fires in Indiana. Since my barn burned I’ve been checking and a suspicious number of barns have been burned throughout Illinois and Indiana in 2010. Most of them were large facilities, usually commercial type barns. We were so careful about everything in our barn but I never expected someone to set it on fire.

equiniphile 01-13-2011 05:24 PM

That's so horrible, I'm so sorry. Prayers to you and Phil

GreyRay 01-13-2011 05:32 PM

Ugh! People can be so sick. S=/ I hope you find out what happened, I would be livid!
We found out it was our dads old Ford that lit the house up. Ford offered to pay for everything the insurance didn't(which was pretty much everything>=( nationwide needs to be shut down) but no body has gotten the paperwork sent in. I was telling Mom would should just haul whats left of the pig into Ford and have them replace the friggin truck, since no one is getting the papers to them for the rest of the stuff.
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Gizmo 01-13-2011 06:45 PM

I am so sorry for your loss. That is just horrible. I hope they get the person who did it and he gets whats coming for him. If someone killed my Gizmo in such an awful way I would be livid probably kill him or her. But they will get what is coming to them don't you worry.

dee 01-13-2011 08:49 PM

I don't know what to say... There are no words for the depths of human stupidity and depravity. I hope they find out how it happened and why. It won't bring your poor horses back, but it might provide some answers. I'm so sorry you're having to deal with this...

DunOverIt 01-13-2011 08:56 PM

I am so sorry.. I can't even imagine. Is there a way for anyone to help? Type/write letters of concern etc? News links? It may get it STAYING on the front page if people are shouting from the roof tops.

AppyLuva 01-14-2011 10:09 AM

That's the most terrible thing I've ever heard. Who could've done such a horrible deed? Only someone messed up in the head could burn eleven horses alive. I'm so sorry for your loss. Here I am in school on their labtops almost in tears from hearing this! :cry:

Katesrider011 01-14-2011 10:22 AM

What a horrible thing to go through. Sorry for your loss.

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