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HORSES PERISH IN HUNTERDON COUNTY FIRE

30 Horses Led to Safety

Associated Press / Asbury Park Press March 15, 2006

EAST AMWELL As many as seven horses died Tuesday as high winds fanned a barn fire at a rural Hunterdon County equestrian center.

Marty Alexander, assistant chief of the Amwell Valley Fire Company, said three to seven horses are thought to have died in the fire at the 65-acre Black River Farm.

Alexander said two firefighters were hospitalized one for treatment of minor head injuries from falling timber, and the other with breathing difficulties. A third person on the scene was also treated for minor injuries.

"We made no attempt to put out the original barn that was burning because it was too far gone," he said, adding that farm workers led about 30 horses in neighboring barns out to pastures.

Firefighters received a call about 12:30 p.m. and found the barn fully engulfed in flames upon arrival a few minutes later.

The cause of the blaze was unknown, Alexander said.
 

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