Horse Barn Fire Ruled Accidental

Fire officials do not know the cause of the fire, but say it was accidental

By Sandra Torres
|  Tuesday, Apr 24, 2012  |  Updated 8:04 AM CDT
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Teen Describes Fire That Killed Horses

The Black Tie Stable in unincorporated McHenry County went up in flames on April 11.

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Massive Fire Destroys Horse Stables

The fire started about 5 p.m. at the Black Tie Stable, a 25,000-square-foot metal barn at 101 Bay Rd. in unincorporated McHenry Township. With no hydrants, water had to be trucked in.

Teen Describes Fire That Killed Horses

More than a dozen horses are reportedly dead, but many more were saved when a courageous 15-year-old fought flames and smoke to lead them to safety. Natalie Martinez reports.
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The fire that killed 18 horses at a stable in Unincorporated McHenry County nearly two weeks ago has been ruled accidental.

Officials have not been able to determine the cause of the fire at M&R Overlook Farms because of all the debris inside and they don't plan to investigate any further, according to the Chicago Tribune.

Reports indicate the blaze started in an attached apartment where two workers lived.

The 22 horses that survived the fire are now at other stables.

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