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Forum staff report, Published February 18 2010

Two quarter horses die in Horace barn blaze

HORACE, N.D. – Two quarter horses died in a barn fire Tuesday afternoon south of Horace that kept crews on scene for about four hours.

Horace firefighters received a call just after 3 p.m., reporting heavy smoke and flames at the barn, located at 1072 72nd St. S.

Crews arrived to find the barn fully engulfed, Horace Fire Chief Ryan Hegel said.

Horace firefighters, with assistance from West Fargo and Davenport, battled the blaze for more than an hour from the outside because it was too dangerous to send in the firefighters.

Crews also dealt with heavy explosions during the course of the blaze, from propane tanks inside the barn that burst from the heat, Hegel said.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation by the state fire marshal officials, but damage is estimated at close to $100,000, Hegel said.