Equine Guelph is issuing a plea to barn owners after a second deadly blaze involving horses in as many weeks.
Thursday night, a private barn in Mount Forest caught fire, killing at least a dozen horses.
Back on January 4th, the Classy Lane Stables south of Guelph went up in flames, resulting in the deaths of at least 43 horses.
“That’s just awful to think about. It’s a terrible, terrible way to go for the horses,” says Equine Guelph Managing Director Gayle Ecker.
“And it has a long term impact on the people who care and love these horses. Also – less important than the welfare part of it, but certainly it’s important – there’s a huge financial hit for some of these people too.”
Ecker adds that fire safety is often overlooked in barns.
“Every barn should be checked today. Every barn. We should all be going into our barn and looking. Frankly, a couple of years ago I invited the fire safety officer from the local fire department to walk through my barn with me. That was a real eye-opener because things we take for granted, or we basically we’re blind to them, because we’re not educated enough on fire prevention.”
Meantime, the Ontario Fire Marshal’s office is investigating the cause of the night’s blaze in Mount Forest.