UPDATE – McHenry Barn Fire Kills 18 Horses

April 16th, 2012 11:30 AM | No Comments

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The Chicago Tribune

Madison Wallraf, 15, was looking forward to a ride on her chestnut quarter horse, Red, but as her stepfather drove up to the horse’s barn Wednesday evening, they found the stable in flames.

The Johnsburg High School freshman called 911, jumped out of the car and raced into the barn to try to find the former trail horse that she adopted and housed at the Black Tie Stables in unincorporated McHenry County.

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The cause of a massive barn fire that killed at least seven horses Wednesday is still under investigation. More than a dozen people within the tight-knit horse community continue to stand by what’s left of the charred stable today, sections of which are still smoking. And the search continues for missing horses.

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