Barn Fire Kills 12 Horses In Northern Calif.

LINCOLN, Calif. (AP) - Officials are trying to find the cause of a fire at a training stable that destroyed a barn and killed 12 horses.

A neighbor reported the fire early Friday morning at the property near Lincoln, northeast of Sacramento.

California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection spokeswoman Chelsea Fox says the 4,000-square-foot barn was completely ablaze when firefighters arrived. Firefighters and the stable's owners tried to rescue the horses, but it was too late.

The barn is valued at $250,000. Fox says there was no immediate
estimate on the value of the horses.

Some of the horses were owned by the property owners, Doug and Debbie Ingersoll, while others were boarded there for training.

It took firefighters from four departments nearly two hours to control the blaze.
Information from: The Sacramento Bee,

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