North River fire kills re­tired rac­ing horse, de­stroys barn, garage

The Compass - - News - BY CHRIS LEWIS

A fire de­stroyed a North River fam­ily’s barn and killed their 12-year-old re­tired rac­ing horse early in the morn­ing on Fri­day, March 17.

Smoke still seeped up from parts of what was left of the small build­ing as fam­ily mem­bers stood qui­etly amongst one an­other.

Mem­bers of the Newell fam­ily ob­served the rem­nants of the blaze af­ter mem­bers of the Bay de Grave Vol­un­teer Fire De­part­ment left the scene at around 9:30 a.m.

The fire took not only the barn, which dou­bled as a garage, but also killed Mach the Mo­ment, the fam­ily’s rac­ing horse that had been liv­ing in­side.

The fire de­part­ment re­ceived the call at around 7 that morn­ing, but could do lit­tle to save the horse. At­tack­ing the fire from the rear, the fire­fight­ers did man­age to pre­vent the fam­ily’s nearby home from catch­ing fire.

The build­ing was ap­prox­i­mately 50 feet in length, and the fire de­stroyed thou­sands of dol­lars worth of tools and var­i­ous equip­ment.

There were no in­juries, save for the fam­ily’s horse, and there have been no in­di­ca­tors as to what could have caused the fire.


Fire en­gulfed the Newell fam­ily’s garage and barn early Fri­day morn­ing.


Smoke seeps up from the rem­nants of the fire.

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