The Ontario Fire Marshal and OPP are now investigating a multi-million dollar stable fire in Puslinch that killed more than 40 race horses.
Puslinch Fire Chief Steven Goode says a neighbour noticed the flames around 11 p.m. Monday night coming from the Classy Lane Stables Training Centre.
Goode says a “defensive approach” was taken by his station, as well as firefighters from Guelph and Hamilton who responded to fight the fire.
“This is a very unfortunate event for us in the Township of Puslinch. This is a multi-million dollar fire, the highest dollar loss that we’ve experienced in our township,” he said.
Goode says by the time they arrived on scene Monday night, the entire stable was engulfed by flames.
The Classy Lane website states the facility opened in 2003 and has five barns that accommodate more than 220 horses.
Owner Barb Miller says all of the horses are standardbreds owned by trainers who race them at various raceways like Flamboro Downs, Mohawk, and Woodbine.
Ben Wallace housed 17 horses at Classy Lane and says the loss is painful for those who worked at the stables.
“It’s almost like losing a child, these horses are every part of your life. On Christmas morning, other people are opening gifts with their kids and stuff like that, we’re up at the farm making sure they’re taken care of first.”
There is no word on the cause of the fire at this time.