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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 I’ve ever heard together … “Mam, your barn’s on fire.” 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 door’s 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 was… “My horses!” “Someone set my horses on fire!”

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, “Don’t go back there!” 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 don’t 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 I’m grateful to God that they didn’t but it’s so impossible to dismiss this incident as insignificant as compared to what’s 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. I’m 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 it’s 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.
 

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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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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.
 

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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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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.
 

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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...
 

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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.
 

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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:
 

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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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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 gonna 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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I can't find the words to say but Sorry. I wish you and Phil the best.
 

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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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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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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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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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