Fire at Central Indiana Horse Stable Ruled Accidental

April 15, 2010

Investigators have ruled that a fire at a central Indiana stable that killed 14 horses was accidental. Among the horses killed were retired racing thoroughbreds and quarter horses and their weanlings.

Chesterfield-Union Township Fire Chief Todd Huffer says investigators determined Tuesday where the blaze started at Indiana Stallion Station, but didn’t immediately find the cause.

The fire broke out April 12 in the barn a few miles east of Anderson, with three workers suffering smoke inhalation as employees tried to pull horses from the stable until firefighters ordered them to leave the building.

Marilyn Whiteman says she expects her daughter, Joyce Baker, to rebuild the stable. Whiteman says a shift in the wind could have spread the fire to another horse stable just yards away.

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