The Denver Post - - NEWS - By Tom McGhee

Fire­fight­ers say 16 horses died early Tues­day when a barn in Brighton went up in flames that in­ves­ti­ga­tors be­lieve started from a heat source.

Natalie Rid­der­bos, Brighton fire spokes­woman, said in­ves­ti­ga­tors have de­ter­mined the fire started in the area where a re­frig­er­a­tor and light were housed, but the ex­act cause re­mains un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

The barn in the 14800 block of Powhatan Road was en­gulfed in flames when Brighton Fire Res­cue District fire­fight­ers ar­rived shortly af­ter 1 a.m. At 6:20 a.m., crews were still putting out hot spots. Mem­bers of the Hud­son and Ben­nett fire de­part­ments also helped fight the blaze.

Fire­fight­ers be­lieve the barn serves as a board­ing fa­cil­ity. An owner who was on the scene was “very dis­traught,” Rid­der­bos said.

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