“Everyone had responded so fast, all of us (total of 4 actually) coming together to try and do something, but all we could do was watch it burn.”
Eye Witness Account by Rick – Sanctuary Ranch Staff
“Early this AM, about 3:45am Ellie and Beans started barking, howling, and racing about the bedroom. I thought they had spied a mouse so I told them to shut up and go back to sleep. 2 minutes later. I see the Aspen racing across the school house pasture with horn blowing. I leaped up and Susan (Watt) was at the door – FIRE! I couldn’t get my jeans and boots on fast enough – it was 3 degrees outside and from the window I could see flames. I leaped into the Aspen with Susan and we raced to the barns/alley way – the windshield was crusted with ice so we had our windows down trying to make our way in the dark without running into a horse/cow/bull – fire dept had been called.
We quickly turned off the outside electrical breakers on the poles in the corrals, made sure no horses were in danger (God bless the wind for blowing in the right direction just this one time). Dave and I carried buckets of water to the big corner posts that hold up the corrals fencing, trying to keep them from burning.
One must realize we live 30 minutes from town, and the first responders showed up – We had just unloaded a huge truck of hay and it was ablaze – let it burn said the fire officials, the horses won’t eat it after it’s been smoked out and water logged.
Everyone had responded so fast, all of us (total of 4 actually) coming together to try and do something, but all we could do was watch it burn. We also lost the medicine shed – this is HUGE – all the meds we need to treat the horses, cows, bulls – GONE!
As the flames turned to red embers, we looked at one another and took relief in the fact we’d not lost one four legged critter, so all was good…”
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Photos Melin Kersten
December 15 2016