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15 Horses Rescued From Fire; 25 Chickens Perished

15 Horses Rescued From Fire; 25 Chickens Perished

Three buildings were destroyed by fire in Braddock Heights early Monday morning.

Fire fighters were dispatched to 6102 Holter Road for a barn fire at around 12:17 AM. Arriving units found three buildings engulfed in flames: a two-story, combination garage and shed; a large barn; and a loafing shed. "Our incident commander at that point made the call for a rapid intervention dispatch as well as additional water tankers because that area has no public water system, and immediately set up a water supply shuttle to protect exposures," says Doug Brown, Community Services Liaison for the Frederick County Fire and Rescue Services Division.

"The buildings that were on fire were already a total loss. So our main focus at that point is to protect the other buildings--in this case, there were four--from any further damage from the fire and the heat from the fire," says Brown. He says the other four structures, including another large barn and a loafing shed, were saved, sustaining only minimal damage.

"We lost 25 chickens in the fire. But we're able to save 15 horses that were rescued and unharmed," he says. "The homeowner was evaluated at the scene for smoke inhalation, but refused treatment and transport. No other injuries were reported, and no one was displaced by the fire."

Damage from the fire is estimated at $1-million. An investigation is underway into the cause and origin of the fire, says Brown.


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