A fire caused $200,000 worth of damage to a barn near Auburn Saturday morning, but the outcome could have been much worse, firefighters said. Twenty-two show horses, each worth at least $20,000, were in the barn.
The fire started shortly after 7 a.m. in a barn on Green Valley Road, said Tim Perciful, spokesman for Mountain View Fire and Rescue. Stable workers saw the fire and started opening doors to let horses out. Some horses were still in the barn when firefighters arrived but were let out once the fire was contained.
One horse had second-degree burns on its nose and suffered from respiratory issues. It had been wearing a blanket that partially melted, Perciful said. The horse was taken to a veterinarian for treatment
“These were expensive horses,” Perciful said.
The cause of the fire is unknown but ruled accidental, Perciful said.