LAFAYETTE, New Jersey – Authorities say a fast-moving fire destroyed a barn, killing 22 show horses owned by a noted New Jersey equestrian family and worth tens of thousands of dollars each.
State Police Sgt. Brian Polite says the barn was engulfed in flames when troopers arrived around 2 a.m. Saturday in Lafayette. The blaze was soon extinguished, but all the horses inside were killed.
Polite says the animals were valued at $10,000 to $60,000 apiece.
Betty Hahn, whose family owns the horses, tells The Star-Ledger newspaper that no hay or fuel was stored in the barn, so she's baffled about how the blaze began. Hahn says her family has competed and won awards in equestrian competitions along the East Coast.