Barn Fire That Killed Horses an Accident: Investigators

An exact cause remains unknown

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    A massive barn fire that killed more than a dozen horses this week was an accident, investigators said Friday.

    An exact cause remains unknown.

    Massive Fire Destroys Horse Stables

    [CHI] 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. (Published Wednesday, April 11, 2012)

    "We have speculation that it could have been a [charcoal] grill, and there is speculation there was an outside controlled burn in the area, but we can't confirm either one of those 100 percent ... so we will not make a declaration that either one of them was the cause," Tony Huemann, chief of the McHenry Township Fire Department, told The Northwest Herald.

    Wednesday's blaze destroyed the barn at M&R Overlook Farms.

    Teen Describes Fire That Killed Horses

    [CHI] 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. (Published Thursday, April 12, 2012)

    County health department spokeswoman Debra Quackenbush said the final number of horses confirmed dead is 18. Twenty-two other horses were saved and are in good health.