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