Equine Rescue

Fire Destroys Barn at Old Friends Farms

Source: WKYT.com

“The horses in the barn got out without a scratch and everyone is all right, and that’s all that matters.”

GEORGETOWN, Ky. (WKYT) – Fire officials are investigating the cause of a late night barn fire in Scott County.

old+farmGeorgetown Scott County Fire Departments responded to a fire Friday night in one of the barns at Old Friends Farms, the Thoroughbred Retirement Facility located in Georgetown.

We’re told by fire officials that two horses, Alphabet Soup and Archie, were both in the barn when the fire started. Old Friends officials say both were safely evacuated. Scott County fire officials report one firefighter was injured fighting the fire after he slid on ice. However, the say he’s expected to be okay.

Fire officials say a volunteer for Old Friends was the first person to discover the fire. They say she and her husband called authorities and safely removed the horses from the barn.

Despite the barn being a total loss, Old Friends president Michael Blowen praised fire crews after dealing with the harsh elements while extinguishing the fire.

“And we’re grateful for all of their help today.” said Blowen. “The horses in the barn got out without a scratch and everyone is all right, and that’s all that matters.”

Old Friends Farms houses recently repatriated Kentucky Derby winner War Emblem, however, officials say the prized horse was recently moved to another barn on the farm.

A GoFundMe page has been set up to help raise money to build a new barn. You can find the page here: https://www.gofundme.com/xbkyvrqs

7 replies »

  1. Build a new barn that has fire sprinklers installed this time. There have been many horses killed in barn fires over the years that could have been prevented with a sprinkler system.


  2. So glad everyone is ok, there was a barn collapse here in MD. from the heavy snow. There were cows still in the barn when it collapsed.


    • I know everyone on here don’t like cattle, but here in the east, the farmers buy & pay rent on their grazing land at market value or above, no grazing rights here.


  3. Thankfully, lives were saved. The barn can be replaced but the lives cannot. Blessings and thanks to those who made this less of a tragedy. Blessings on the horses that were saved.

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